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FRDB Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

PRIN project

12 January 2009

“The scientific evaluation of income support programs” is a research project co-sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and three italian universities(Università Bocconi, Università degli Studi di Torino and Università degli Studi di Bari). 

Three research teams are currently working on the project:

  1. The first research unit, involving Tito Boeri, Michele Pellizzari e Paola Monti (all fRDB staff, based at Bocconi University), will focus on evaluating the experiment of the Reddito Minimo d’Inserimento carried out in Italy between 1998 and 2001. The analysis will offer a better understanding of how far results obtained in other countries, expecially concerning labour supply, apply to the Italian context. An analisys concerning the effects of the RMI experiment on crime is cirrently being undertaken.  
  2. The second research unit, coordinated by Ugo Colombino (Università degli Studi di Torino) and  based in Turin, will carry out an impact evaluation of income support policies on income distribution and efficiency of the economic system as a whole.
  3. Finally, the third research unit, based in Bari and coordinated by Maria Concetta Chiuri (Università degli Studi di Bari), will focus on the analysis of some aspects of minimum income programs that receive only marginal attention in literature, although they may play a crucial role in Italy (the effect of a minimum income on household labour force decisions, on women participation in the labour market, on fertility).   

November 8, 2007
Collegio Carlo Alberto
Via Real Collegio, 30
10024 Moncalieri (Torino), Italia


First meeting of the three reserch units involved in the project "The scientific evaluation of income support programs"


Programme of the workshop:

  • U. Colombino (University of Torino and CHILD-CCA), M. Locatelli, E. Narazani and I. Shima [presentation]
    “Behavioral and welfare effects of Income Support Policies. A simulation for European countries”


  • P. Haan (DIW - German Institute for Economic Research) and K. Wrohlich
    “Optimal Taxation: The Design of Child Related Cash- and In-Kind-Benefits”
  • Discussion: S. Strom (The Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Norway, University of Torino and CHILD)


  • P. Monti (Fondazione Rodolfo De Benedetti), T. Boeri and M. Pellizzari [presentation]
    “Reddito Minimo di Inserimento: an analysis of local experiences”
  • Discussion: P. Verme (University of Torino and SDA Bocconi)

Bocconi University
20136 Milan
Via Roentgen, 1
room AS01 (floor -2)
h. 9.45-18.45

Final meeting organized by the three research units involved in the PRIN project "The scientific evaluation of income support programs". The workshop is open not only to people directly partecipationg to the PRIN project, but also to external researchers with similar research interests. 


Workshop "Social Minima"


9.45-10.00   Welcome coffee

“First census on homeless in Milan”
Michela Braga (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Lucia Corno (PhD Università Bocconi)
     Discussant:  Laura Pagani (Università di Milano Bicocca)  [ Discussion ]

“The economic effects of a local minimum income support program”
Paolo Brunori, Maria Concetta Chiuri e Vito Peragine (Università degli Studi di Bari)
     Discussant: Michele Pellizzari (Università Bocconi and fRDB)  [ Discussion ]

“Implementing a guaranteed minimum income in Italy: an empirical analisys of costs and political feasibility”
Paola Monti (fRDB) and Michele Pellizzari (Università Bocconi and fRDB)
     Discussant:  Lorenzo Cappellari (Università Cattolica di Milano)  [ Discussion ]

13.00-14.00   Lunch break

“RMI and crime: some preliminary evidence”
Tito Boeri (Università Bocconi and fRDB), Paola Monti (fRDB) and Michele Pellizzari (Università Bocconi and fRDB)
     Discussant: Paolo Pinotti (Banca d'Italia) [Discussion]

“Evaluating alternative Basic Income mechanisms: a microeconometric equilibrium simulation”
Ugo Colombino (Università degli Studi di Torino)
     Discussant:  Marco Leonardi (Università degli Studi di Milano) [Discussion]

16.00-16.15   Coffee break

“A multidimensional poverty analysis. Evidence from Italian data”
Camilla Mastromarco (Università degli Studi di Lecce), Vito Peragine (Università degli Studi di Bari) and Laura Serlenga (Università degli Studi di Bari)
     Discussant:  Tommaso Nannicini (Università Bocconi)

“Household membership decision of adult children”
Maria Concetta Chiuri (Università degli Studi di Bari) and Daniela del Boca (Università degli Studi di Torino)
     Discussant:  Arnstein Aassve (Università Bocconi and Dondeda Centre) [ Discussion ]

General discussion and conclusions