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December 2013Culture and Institutions
with Paola Giuliano: w19750
April 2013Family Ties
with Paola Giuliano: w18966
February 2013Nation Building
with Bryony Reich: w18839
January 2013Birthplace Diversity and Economic Prosperity
with Johann Harnoss, Hillel Rapoport: w18699
November 2012Ethnic Inequality
with Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou: w18512
September 2012The design of fiscal adjustments
with Silvia Ardagna: w18423

Published: The Design of Fiscal Adjustments, Alberto Alesina, Silvia Ardagna. in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 27, Brown. 2013

August 2012The Output Effect of Fiscal Consolidations
with Carlo Favero, Francesco Giavazzi: w18336
December 2011The Electoral Consequences of Large Fiscal Adjustments
with Dorian Carloni, Giampaolo Lecce: w17655

Published: The Electoral Consequences of Large Fiscal Adjustments, Alberto Alesina, Dorian Carloni, Giampaolo Lecce. in Fiscal Policy after the Financial Crisis, Alesina and Giavazzi. 2013

May 2011On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough
with Paola Giuliano, Nathan Nunn: w17098

Published: Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano & Nathan Nunn, 2013. "On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 128(2), pages 469-530.

April 2011A Test of Racial Bias in Capital Sentencing
with Eliana La Ferrara: w16981

“A Test for Racial Bias in Capital Punishment,” American Economic Review, Forthcoming 2014 (with Eliana La Ferrara).

January 2011Fertility and the Plough
with Paola Giuliano, Nathan Nunn: w16718

Published: Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano & Nathan Nunn, 2011. "Fertility and the Plough," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(3), pages 499-503, May.

September 2010Regulation Versus Taxation
with Francesco Passarelli: w16413

Published: Alesina, Alberto & Passarelli, Francesco, 2014. "Regulation versus taxation," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 110(C), pages 147-156.

April 2010The Politics of Monetary Policy
with Andrea Stella: w15856

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Andrea Stella, B Friedman, and M Woodford. 2011. The Politics of Monetary Policy. In Handbook of Monetary Economics, Ch. 8 1000-1054. Amsterdam: North Holland.

February 2010Family Values and the Regulation of Labor
with Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc, Paola Giuliano: w15747
December 2009The Evolution of Ideology, Fairness and Redistribution
with Guido Cozzi, Noemi Mantovan: w15587

Published: Alberto Alesina & Guido Cozzi & Noemi Mantovan, 2012. "The Evolution of Ideology, Fairness and Redistribution," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 122(565), pages 1244-1261, December.

October 2009Large Changes in Fiscal Policy: Taxes Versus Spending
with Silvia Ardagna: w15438

Published: Large Changes in Fiscal Policy: Taxes versus Spending, Alberto Alesina, Silvia Ardagna. in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 24, Brown. 2010

Family Ties and Political Participation
with Paola Giuliano: w15415

Published: Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano, 2011. "Family Ties And Political Participation," Journal of the European Economic Association, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 817-839, October.

March 2009Preferences for Redistribution
with Paola Giuliano: w14825

Published: Alesina, Alberto, and Paola Giuliano. 2011. Preferences for Redistribution. In Handbook of Social Economics, A Bisin and Benhabib, J, 93-132. North Holland.

November 2008The Euro and Structural Reforms
with Silvia Ardagna, Vincenzo Galasso: w14479

Published:

  • Alberto Alesina & Silvia Ardagna & Vincenzo Galasso, 2011. "The Euro and Structural Reforms," Review of Economics and Institutions, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica, vol. 2(1). ,
  • The Euro and Structural Reforms, Alberto Alesina, Silvia Ardagna, Vincenzo Galasso. in Europe and the Euro, Alesina and Giavazzi. 2010

September 2008Segregation and the Quality of Government in a Cross-Section of Countries
with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya: w14316

Published: Alberto Alesina & Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, 2011. "Segregation and the Quality of Government in a Cross Section of Countries," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(5), pages 1872-1911, August.

July 2008Do Women Pay More for Credit? Evidence from Italy
with Francesca Lotti, Paolo Emilio Mistrulli: w14202

Published: Alberto F. Alesina & Francesca Lotti & Paolo Emilio Mistrulli, 2013. "Do Women Pay More For Credit? Evidence From Italy," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 11, pages 45-66, 01.

June 2008Ambiguity and Extremism in Elections
with Richard T. Holden: w14143
November 2007Gender Based Taxation and the Division of Family Chores
with Andrea Ichino, Loukas Karabarbounis: w13638

Published: Alberto Alesina & Andrea Ichino & Loukas Karabarbounis, 2011. "Gender-Based Taxation and the Division of Family Chores," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 3(2), pages 1-40, May.

June 2007Democracy, Technology, and Growth
with Philippe Aghion, Francesco Trebbi: w13180
April 2007The Power of the Family
with Paola Giuliano: w13051

Published: Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano, 2010. "The power of the family," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 93-125, June.

October 2006Technology and Labor Regulations
with Joseph Zeira: w12581
July 2006Divorce, Fertility and the Shot Gun Marriage
with Paola Giuliano: w12375
June 2006Artificial States
with William Easterly, Janina Matuszeski: w12328

Published: Alberto Alesina & William Easterly & Janina Matuszeski, 2011. "Artificial States," Journal of the European Economic Association, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(2), pages 246-277, 04.

February 2006Who Adjusts and When? On the Political Economy of Reforms
with Alberto Alesina, Silvia Ardagna, Francesco Trebbi: w12049

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Silvia Ardagna, and Francesco Trebbi. “Who Adjusts and When? On the Political Economy of Stabilizations.” IMF Staff Papers, Mundell-Fleming Lecture, 53: 1-49, 2006 .

October 2005Good bye Lenin (or not?): The Effect of Communism on People's Preferences
with Nichola Fuchs Schuendeln: w11700

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Nicola Fuchs-Schuendeln. “Good Bye Lenin (or not?) – The Effect of Communism on People’s Preferences.” American Economic Review 97 (September 2007): 1507-1528.

September 2005Why is Fiscal Policy Often Procyclical?
with Guido Tabellini: 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.

August 2005Why Do Politicians Delegate?
with Guido Tabellini: w11531
June 2005Corruption, Inequality and Fairness
with George-Marios Angeletos: w11399

Published: Alesina, Alberto and George-Marios Angeletos. "Corruption, Inequality, And Fairness," Journal of Monetary Economics, 2005, v52(7,Oct), 1227-1244.

April 2005Work and Leisure in the U.S. and Europe: Why So Different?
with Edward L. Glaeser, Bruce Sacerdote: w11278

Published: Work and Leisure in the U.S. and Europe: Why So Different?, Alberto F. Alesina, Edward L. Glaeser, Bruce Sacerdote. in NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2005, Volume 20, Gertler and Rogoff. 2006

Choosing Electoral Rules: Theory and Evidence from US Cities
with Philippe Aghion, Francesco Trebbi: w11236

Published: Aghion, Philippe, Alberto Alesina, and Francesco Trebbi. "Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in U.S. Cities." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 123, 1 (February 2008): 325-357.

March 2004The European Union: A Politically Incorrect View
with Roberto Perotti: w10342

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Roberto Perotti. "The European Union: A Politically Incorrect View," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2004, v18(4,Fall), 27-48.

February 2004Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance
with Eliana La Ferrara: w10313

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Eliana La Ferrara. "Ethnic Diversity Economic Performance," Journal of Economic Literature, 2005, v43(3,Sep), 762-800.

January 2004Bureaucrats or Politicians?
with Guido Tabellini: 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

June 2003Choosing (and reneging on) exchange rate regimes
with Alexander Wagner: w9809

Published: Alberto Alesina & Alexander F. Wagner, 2006. "Choosing (and Reneging on) Exchange Rate Regimes," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 4(4), pages 770-799, 06.

March 2003Regulation and Investment
with Silvia Ardagna, Giuseppe Nicoletti, Fabio Schiantarelli: w9560

Published: Alberto Alesina & Silvia Ardagna & Giuseppe Nicoletti & Fabio Schiantarelli, 2005. "Regulation And Investment," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 3(4), pages 791-825, 06.

February 2003Fairness and Redistribution: U.S. versus Europe
with George-Marios Angeletos: w9502

Published: Alesina, Alberto and George-Marios Angeletos. “Fairness and Redistribution: US vs. Europe." American Economic Review 95 (September 2005): 913-35.

January 2003Fractionalization
with Arnaud Devleeschauwer, William Easterly, Sergio Kurlat, Romain Wacziarg: w9411

Published: Alesina, Alberto, et al, 2003. " Fractionalization," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 155-94, June.

July 2002Optimal Currency Areas
with Robert J. Barro, Silvana Tenreyro: w9072

Published: Optimal Currency Areas, Alberto Alesina, Robert J. Barro, Silvana Tenreyro. in NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2002, Volume 17, Gertler and Rogoff. 2003

June 2002Endogenous Political Institutions
with Philippe Aghion, Francesco Trebbi: w9006

Published: Philippe Aghion & Alberto Alesina & Francesco Trebbi, 2004. "Endogenous Political Institutions," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 119(2), pages 565-611, May.

December 2001The Political Economy of International Unions
with Ignazio Angeloni, Federico Etro: w8645

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Ignazio Angeloni and Federico Etro. “International Unions." American Economic Review 95 (June 2005): 602-15.

Institutional Rules for Federations
with Ignazio Angeloni, Federico Etro: w8646
What Does the European Union Do?
with Ignazio Angeloni, Ludger Schuknecht: w8647

Published: Alberto Alesina & Ignazio Angeloni & Ludger Schuknecht, 2005. "What does the European Union do?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 123(3), pages 275-319, June.

October 2001Why Doesn't the US Have a European-Style Welfare System?
with Edward Glaeser, Bruce Sacerdote: w8524

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Edward Glaeser and Bruce Sacerdote. “Why Doesn’t the United States Have a European-Style Welfare State?” Brookings Paper on Economics Activity (Fall 2001): 187-278.

May 2001Preferences for Redistribution in the Land of Opportunities
with Eliana La Ferrara: w8267

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Eliana La Ferrara. "Preferences For Redistribution In The Land Of Opportunities," Journal of Public Economics, 2005, v89(5-6,Jun), 897-931.

April 2001Inequality and Happiness: Are Europeans and Americans Different?
with Rafael Di Tella, Robert MacCulloch: w8198

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Rafael Di Tella and Robert MacCulloch. "Inequality And Happiness: Are Europeans And Americans Different?," Journal of Public Economics, 2004, v88(9-10,Aug), 2009-2042.

September 2000Currency Unions
with Robert J. Barro: w7927

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Robert J. Barro. "Currency Unions," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2002, v107(2,May), 409-436.

August 2000Political Jurisdictions in Heterogeneous Communities
with Reza Baqir, Caroline Hoxby: w7859

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Reza Baqir and Caroline Hoxby. "Political Jurisdications In Heterogeneous Communities," Journal of Political Economy, 2004, v112(2,Apr), 348-396.

March 2000The Determinants of Trust
with Eliana La Ferrara: w7621
January 2000The Political Economy of the Budget Surplus in the U.S.
w7496

Published: Published as "The Political Economy of Fiscal Adjustments", Brookings Paper, Vol. 28, no. 1 (1998): 197-248.

October 1999Redistribution Through Public Employment: The Case of Italy
with Stephan Danninger, Massimo Rostagno: w7387

Published: Albert Alesina & Stephan Danninger & Massimo Rostagno, 2001. "Redistribution Through Public Employment: The Case of Italy," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan Journals, vol. 48(3), pages 2.

July 1999Fiscal Policy, Profits, and Investment
with Silvia Ardagna, Roberto Perotti, Fabio Schiantarelli: w7207

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Silva Ardagna, Roberto Perotti and Fabio Schiantarelli. "Fiscal Policy, Profits, And Investment," American Economic Review, 2002, v92(3,Jun), 571-589.

June 1999Participation in Heterogeneous Communities
with Eliana La Ferrara: w7155

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Elliana La Ferrara. "Participation In Heterogeneous Communities," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000, v115(3,Aug), 847-904.

May 1999Do Corrupt Governments Receive Less Foreign Aid?
with Beatrice Weder: w7108

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Beatrice Weder. "Do Corrupt Governments Receive Less Foreign Aid?," American Economic Review, 2002, v92(4,Sep), 1126-1137.

January 1999Is Europe Going Too Far?
with Romain Wacziarg: w6883

Published: Alesina, Alberto & Wacziarg, Romain, 1999. "Is Europe going too far?," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 1-42, December.

October 1998Redistributive Public Employment
with Reza Baqir, William Easterly: w6746

Published: Alesina, Alberto, Reza Baqir and William Easterly. "Redistributive Public Employment," Journal of Urban Economics, 2000, v48(2,Sep), 219-241.

June 1998Who Gives Foreign Aid to Whom and Why?
with David Dollar: w6612

Published: Alesina, Alberto and David Dollar. "Who Gives Foreign Aid To Whom And Why?," Journal of Economic Growth, 2000, v5(1,Mar), 33-63.

September 1997Economic Integration and Political Disintegration
with Enrico Spolaore, Romain Wacziarg: w6163

Published: Alesina, A., E. Spolaore and R. Wacziarg. "Economic Integration And Political Disintegration," American Economic Review, 2000, v90(5,Dec), 1276-1296.

April 1997Public Goods and Ethnic Divisions
with Reza Baqir, William Easterly: w6009

Published: Alberto Alesina & Reza Baqir & William Easterly, 1999. "Public Goods And Ethnic Divisions," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 114(4), pages 1243-1284, November.

Openness, Country Size and the Government
with Romain Wacziarg: w6024

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Romain Wacziarg. "Openness, Country Size And Government," Journal of Public Economics, 1998, v69(3,Sep), 305-321.

August 1996International Conflict, Defense Spending and the Size of Countries
with Enrico Spolaore: w5694

Published: Alesina, Ablerto and Enrico Spolaore. "Conflict, Defense Spending, And The Number Of Nations," European Economic Review, 2006, v50(1,Jan), 91-120.

Fiscal Adjustments in OECD Countries: Composition and Macroeconomic Effects
with Roberto Perotti: w5730

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Roberto Perotti. "Fiscal Adjustments In OECD Countries: Composition And Macroeconomic Effects," International Monetary Fund Staff Papers, 1997, v44(2,Jun), 210-248.

June 1996The Costs and Benefits of Fiscal Rules: Evidence from U.S. States
with Tamim Bayoumi: w5614

Published: Published as "Together or Separately? Issues on the Costs and Benefits of Political and Fiscal Unions", European Economic Review, Vol. 39, nos. 3-4(1995).

May 1996Budget Deficits and Budget Institutions
with Roberto Perotti: w5556

Published:

Budget Institutions and Fiscal Performance in Latin America
with Ricardo Hausmann, Rudolf Hommes, Ernesto Stein: w5586

Published: Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 59, no. 2 (August 1999): 253-273.

August 1995Fiscal Expansions and Fiscal Adjustments in OECD Countries
with Roberto Perotti: w5214

Published: Published as "Fiscal Adjustments in OECD Countries: Composition and Macroeconomic Effects", IMF, Vol. 44, no. 2 (June 1997): 210-248.

March 1995On the Number and Size of Nations
with Enrico Spolaore: w5050

Published: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 107, no. 4 (November 1997): 1027-1056.

January 1995Economic Risk and Political Risk in Fiscal Unions
with Roberto Perotti: w4992

Published: Alesina, A. and R. Perotti. "Economic Risk And Political Risk In Fiscal Unions," Economic Journal, 1998, v108(449,Jul), 989-1008.

July 1994The Welfare State and Competitiveness
with Roberto Perotti: w4810

Published: American Economic Review, Vol. 87, no. 5 (December 1997): 921-939.

February 1994The Political Economy of Budget Deficits
with Roberto Perotti: w4637

Published: With Jose Tavares, published as "The Political Economy of Fiscal Adjustments", Brookings Paper, Vol. 28, no. 1 (1998): 197-248.

October 1993Income Distribution, Political Instability, and Investment
with Roberto Perotti: w4486

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Roberto Perotti. "Income Distribution, Political Instability, And Investment," European Economic Review, 1996, v40(6,Jun), 1203-1228.

May 1993The Political Economy of Capital Controls
with Vittorio Grilli, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferrett: w4353

Published: Published as "The Political Economy of Fiscal Adjustments", BP, Vol. 28,no. 1 (1998): 197-248.

April 1993On the Feasibility of a One or Multi-Speed European Monetary Union
with Vittorio Grilli: w4350

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Vittorio Grilli. “On the Feasibility of a One-Speed or a Multi-Speed European Monetary Union." Economics and Politics 5 (July 1993): 145-66.

September 1992Political Instability and Economic Growth
with Sule Ozler, Nouriel Roubini, Phillip Swagel: w4173

Published: Journal of Economic Growth, vol.1, no.2, pp. 189-212, June 1996.

January 1992Menus of Linear Income Tax Schedules
with Philippe Weil: w3968
October 1991The European Central Bank: Reshaping Monetary Politics in Europe
with Vittorio Grilli: w3860

Published: in Canzoneri, M., V. Grilli and P. Masson (eds.) "Establishing a Central Bank: Issues in Europe and Lessons from the U.S." Cambridge University Press, 1992. pages 49-76

September 1991Macroeconomic Policy and Elections in OECD Democracies
with Gerald D. Cohen, Nouriel Roubini: w3830

Published:

  • Economics and Politics, 4, pp.1-30 March 1992 ,
  • in Political Economy, Growth and Business Cycles, Alex Cukierman, Zvi Hercovitz, and Leonardo Leiderman (eds.), MIT Press, 1992.

March 1991Why Are There So Many Divided Senate Delegations?
with Morris Fiorina, Howard Rosenthal: w3663
Distributive Politics and Economic Growth
with Dani Rodrik: w3668

Published: Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcomgin 1994

February 1991A Model of the Political Economy of the United States
with John Londregan, Howard Rosenthal: w3611

Published: With Jeffrey Sachs, published as "Political Parties and the Business Cyclein the United States, 1948-1984", Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 20, no. 1 (1988): 63-82.

October 1990Political Cycles in OECD Economies
with Nouriel Roubini: w3478

Published:

  • Review of Economic Studies, 59, pp.663-688, October 1992. ,
  • Alesina, Alberto & Roubini, Nouriel, 1992. "Political Cycles in OECD Economies," Review of Economic Studies, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 59(4), pages 663-88, October.

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

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

August 1989Why are Stabilizations Delayed?
with Allan Drazen: w3053

Published: The American Economic Review, vol.81, no.5, (December 1991).

Moderating Elections
with Howard Rosenthal: w3072
November 1988Voting on the Budget Deficit
with Guido Tabellini: w2759

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

September 1988Partisan Cycles in Congressional Elections and the Macroeconomy
with Howard Rosenthal: w2706

Published: American Political Science Review, vol. 83, no. 2, pp373-398, June 1989

June 1988External Debt, Capital Flight and Political Risk
with Guido Tabellini: w2610

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

December 1987The Politics of Ambiguity
with Alex Cukierman: w2468

Published: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 105, no. 4 (1990): 829-850.

August 1987An Overlapping Generations Model of Electoral Competition
with Stephen E. Spear: w2354

Published: Journal of Public Economics, vol.37, pp359-379, December 1988

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

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

May 1986Political Parties and the Business Cycle in the United States, 1948-1984
with Jeffrey Sachs: w1940

Published: Alesina, Alberto and Jeffrey Sachs, "Political Parties and the Business Cycle in the United States, 1948-1984." Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Vol. 20, No. 1, February 1988, pp. 63-82.

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