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Alberto Alesina's Mug ShotNathaniel Professor of Political Economics, Harvard University, Boston, USA
and IGIER Bocconi, Milan, Italy

Main Topics: political economy, monetary and fiscal policy, macroeconomics, currency unions, size of countries, and redistributive policies
 

 
Professional Profile:

Alesina, born in Italy in 1957, is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University where he served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2003 - 2006. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1986. He is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a member of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a leader in the field of Political Economics and has published extensively in all major academic journals in economics.

He has published five books and edited many more. His two most recent books are The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline, published by MIT Press, and Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference, published by Oxford University Press. He has been a Co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics for eight years and Associate Editor of many academic journals. He has published columns in many leading newspapers around the world and has visited several institutions including MIT, Tel Aviv University, University of Stockholm, The World Bank, and the IMF.

His work has covered a variety of topics: political business cycles, the political economy of fiscal policy and budget deficits, the process of European integration, stabilization policies in high inflation countries, the determination of the size of countries, currency unions, the political economic determinants of redistributive policies, differences in the welfare state in the US and Europe and, more generally, differences in the economic system in the US and Europe, the effect of alternative electoral systems on economic policies, and the determination of the choice of different electoral systems.

 

 

Profilo accademico:
  • Laurea summa cum laude in Discipline Economiche e Sociali, Università Bocconi, Milano, 1981
 
  • M.A., Harvard University, Department of Economics, 1985
 
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of Economics, 1986

 

 

Principali pubblicazioni:
  • Fatta in Casa, Mondadori, November 2009 (in Italian with Andrea Ichino)
 
  • La Crisi, Il Saggiatore, November 2008 (in Italian with Francesco Giavazzi)
 
  • Il Liberismo é di Sinistra, Il Saggiatore, September 2007 (in Italian with Francesco Giavazzi). Translation: Bulgarian
 
  • The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline, MIT Press, September 2006 (with Francesco Giavazzi). Translations: Greek, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
 
  • Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, April 2004 (with Edward Glaeser). Translations: French, Italian
 
  • The Size of Nations, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, November 2003 (with Enrico Spolaore) Translations: Catalán
 
  • Senso non Comune (in Italian), EGEA, Università Bocconi Press, Milan, Italy, May 2002
 
  • Designing Macroeconomic Policy for Europe, CEPR, London, UK, March 2001 (with Olivier Blanchard, Jordi Gali, Francesco Giavazzi, and Harald Uhlig)
 
  • Political Cycles and the Macroeconomy, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, November 1997 (with Nouriel Roubini and Gerald Cohen). Translation: Italian
 
  • Partisan Politics, Divided Government and the Economy, Cambridge University Press, January 1995 (with Howard Rosenthal)