Giulio Zanella is associate professor of economics at the University of Bologna, Italy, since 2010.

His research interests span labor economics, social economics, applied econometrics, and macroeconomics. Before joining the University of Bologna, he was assistant professor of economics at the University of Siena, Italy (2005-2009), and visiting assistant professor of Economics at the University of California-Santa Barbara (2009).

He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Siena (2004), and a MSc in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005), where he was first visiting researcher (2002-2003) and then graduate student (2004-2005)

Giulio joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11235

Working-age grandparents supply large amounts of child care, an observation that raises the question of how having grandchildren affects grandparents' own labor supply. Exploiting the unique genealogical design of the PSID and the random variation in the timing when the parents of first-born boys and girls become grandparents, we estimate...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10522

We provide first-pass evidence that the legalization of the cannabis market across US states may be inducing a crime drop. Exploiting the recent staggered legalization enacted by the adjacent states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014) we find, combining county-level difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9756

Exploiting admission thresholds in a Regression Discontinuity Design, we study the causal effects of daycare at age 0–2 on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes at age 8–14. One additional month in daycare reduces IQ by 0.5% (4.5% of a standard deviation). Effects for conscientiousness are small and imprecisely estimated. Psychologists suggest...