NBER Working Papers by Guido Tabellini

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April 2017Is Europe an Optimal Political Area?
with Alberto Alesina, Francesco Trebbi: w23325
January 2010The Political Resource Curse
with Fernanda Brollo, Tommaso Nannicini, Roberto Perotti: w15705

Published: Fernanda Brollo & Tommaso Nannicini & Roberto Perotti & Guido Tabellini, 2013. "The Political Resource Curse," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(5), pages 1759-96, August. citation courtesy of

June 2007The Growth Effect of Democracy: Is It Heterogenous and How Can It Be Estimated?
with Torsten Persson: w13150
April 2006Democratic Capital: The Nexus of Political and Economic Change
with Torsten Persson: w12175

Published: Torsten Persson & Guido Tabellini, 2009. "Democratic Capital: The Nexus of Political and Economic Change," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 88-126, July. citation courtesy of

February 2006Democracy and Development: The Devil in the Details
with Torsten Persson: w11993

Published: Persson, Torsten and Guido Tabellini. "Democracy and development: The devil in the details." American Economic Review 96 (2006): 319-324. citation courtesy of

September 2005Why is Fiscal Policy Often Procyclical?
with Alberto Alesina: w11600

Published: Alberto Alesina & Filipe R. Campante & Guido Tabellini, 2008. "Why is Fiscal Policy Often Procyclical?," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 6(5), pages 1006-1036, 09. citation courtesy of

August 2005Why Do Politicians Delegate?
with Alberto Alesina: w11531
July 2004Economic and Political Liberalizations
with Francesco Giavazzi: w10657

Published: Giavazzi, Francesco and Guido Tabellini. "Economic And Political Liberalizations," Journal of Monetary Economics, 2005, v52(7,Oct), 1297-1330. citation courtesy of

January 2004Bureaucrats or Politicians?
with Alberto Alesina: w10241

Published: “Bureaucrats or Politicians? Part I: A Single Policy Task,” American Economic Review, March 2007, 97: 169-79 "Bureaucrats or Politicians? Part II: Multiple Policy Tasks,” Journal of Public Economics, April 2008, 92, 426-447

December 2003How Do Electoral Rules Shape Party Structures, Government Coalitions, and Economic Policies?
with Torsten Persson, Gerard Roland: w10176

Published: Persson, Torsten, Gerard Roland, and Guido Tabellini. "Electoral Rules and Government Spending in Parliamentary Democracies." Quarterly Journal of Political Science 2, 2 (2007): 155-88.

March 2001Electoral Rules and Corruption
with Torsten Persson, Francesco Trebbi: w8154

Published: Torsten Persson & Guido Tabellini & Francesco Trebbi, 2003. "Electoral Rules and Corruption," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 1(4), pages 958-989, 06. citation courtesy of

April 1999Political Economics and Public Finance
with Torsten Persson: w7097

Published: Auerbach, A. and M. Feldstein (eds.) Handbook of Public Economics. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, 2002.

December 1998The Size and Scope of Government: Comparative Politics with Rational Politicians
with Torsten Persson: w6848

Published: European Economic Review, Alfred Marshall Lecture, Vol. 43 (1999): 699-735. citation courtesy of

December 1997Political Economics and Macroeconomic Policy
with Torsten Persson: w6329

Published: Handbook of Macroeconomics, Taylor, J. and M. Woodford, eds., North Holland, Amsterdam: 1999.

April 1996Monetary Cohabitation in Europe
with Torsten Persson: w5532

Published: American Economic Review, Vol. 86, no. 2 (May 1996): 111-116. citation courtesy of

August 1991The Optimality of Nominal Contracts
with Scott Freeman: t0110
July 1991External Debt and Political Instability
with Sule Ozler: w3772
May 1991Political Instability, Political Weakness and Inflation: An Empirical Analysis
with Sebastian Edwards: w3721

Published: Sims, A.C. (Ed.) Advances In Econometrics, 2(0), 1994.

January 1991Is Inequality Harmful for Growth? Theory and Evidence
with Torsten Persson: w3599

Published: American Economic Review, Vol. 84 (1994): 600-621.

October 1990The Politics of 1992: Fiscal Policy and European Integration
with Torsten Persson: w3460

Published: Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 59 (1992): 689-702. citation courtesy of

Explaining Fiscal Policies and Inflation in Developing Countries
with Sebastian Edwards: w3493

Published: Journal of International Money and Finance, Vol. 10, pp. S16-S48, (1991). citation courtesy of

June 1990Rules versus Discretion in Trade Policy: An Empirical Analysis
with Robert W. Staiger: w3382


February 1990A Positive Theory of Social Security

Published: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 102(3), June 2000: 523-45. citation courtesy of

December 1989Seigniorage and Political Instability
with Alex Cukierman, Sebastian Edwards: w3199

Published: Cukierman, Alex, Sebastian Edwards and Guido Tabellini. "Seigniorage And Political Instability," American Economic Review, 1992, v82(3), 537-555. citation courtesy of

October 1989Public Confidence and Debt Management: A Model and A Case Study of Italy
with Alberto Alesina, Alessandro Prati: w3135

Published: R. Dornbusch and M. Draghi, editors. Debt Management and Capital Markets. London: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

August 1989The Politics of Intergenerational Redistribution

Published: Tabellini, Guido. "The Politics Of Intergenerational Redistribution," Journal of Political Economy, 1991, v99(2), 335-357. citation courtesy of

November 1988Voting on the Budget Deficit
with Alberto Alesina: w2759

Published: American Economic Review, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 37-49, March 1990. citation courtesy of

July 1988Rules and Discretion in Trade Policy
with Robert W. Staiger: w2658


  • European Economic Review, December 1989. citation courtesy of
  • Robert W. Staiger & Guido Tabellini, 1991. "Rules versus Discretion in Trade Policy: An Empirical Analysis," NBER Chapters, in: Empirical Studies of Commercial Policy, pages 11-46 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

June 1988External Debt, Capital Flight and Political Risk
with Alberto Alesina: w2610

Published: Journal of International Economics, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 199-220, November 1989. citation courtesy of

July 1987A Positive Theory of Fiscal Deficits and Government Debt in a Democracy
with Alberto Alesina: w2308

Published: "A Positive Theory of Fiscal Deficits and Government Debt," Review of Economic Studies, 57(3), July 1990: 403-414.

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