Publications by Type: Book Chapter

Alesina, Alberto, and Andrea Passalacqua. 2016. “The Political Economy of Government Dept.” Handbook of Macroeconomics, 2: 2599-2651. North Holland.
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Alesina, Alberto, and Paola Giuliano. 2014. “Family Ties.” Handbook of Economic Growth, edited by Philippe Aghion and Steven N Durlauf, 2A: 177-215. The Netherlands: North Holland. Abstract

We study the role of the most primitive institution in society: the family. Its organization and relationship between generations shape values formation, economic outcomes and influences national institutions. We use the World Values Survey to measure the strength of family ties and economic attitudes, controlling for country fixed effects. We study several economic attitudes, toward working women, society, generalized morality and civic engagement. Individuals with strong family ties have more traditional beliefs about the role of women in society, are more reluctant to accept changes in society and innovation and show a lower level of trust. We also uncover interesting correlations at the country level, where the strength of family ties is associated with lower GDP and lower quality of institutions. These results remain valid if one exploits the correlation between inherited family values and current institutions and level of development, indicating a strong persistence in family values. The quality of family relationships, on the positive side, increases happiness, life satisfaction, and self-reported health.

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Alesina, Alberto, Dorian Carloni, and Gianpaolo Lecce. 2013. “The Electoral Consequences of Large Fiscal Adjustments.” Fiscal Policy after the Great Recession, edited by Alberto Alesina and F Giavazzi, 531-572. Chicago: University of Chicago Press and NBER.
Alesina, Alberto, Andrea Stella, B Friedman, and M Woodford. 2011. “The Politics of Monetary Policy.” Handbook of Monetary Economics, Ch. 8 1000-1054. Amsterdam: North Holland.
Alesina, Alberto, Paola Giuliano, A Bisin, and J Benhabib. 2011. “Preferences for Redistribution.” Handbook of Social Economics, 93-132. North Holland.
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Alesina, Alberto, Silvia Ardagna, and Vincenzo Galasso. 2010. “The Euro and Structural Reforms.” Europe and the Euro, edited by A Alesina and F Giavazzi, 57-98. University of Chicago Press and NBER.
Alesina, Alberto. 2008. “Comments on "The Distribution of Total Work in EU and USA‟ by Michael Burda.” Working Hours and Job Sharing in the EU and USA: Are Europeans Lazy? Or Americans Crazy?, edited by T Boeri, M Burda, and F Kramarz. Oxford University Press.
Alesina, Alberto, Philippe Aghion, Francesco Trebbi, and E Helpman. 2008. “Democracy, Technology and Growth.” Institutions and Economic Performance, 511-43. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Abstract
We explore the question of how political institutions and particularly democracy affect economic growth. Although empirical evidence of a positive effect of democracy on economic performance in the aggregate is weak, we provide evidence that democracy influences productivity growth in different sectors differently and that this differential effect may be one of the reasons of the ambiguity of the aggregate results. We provide evidence that political rights are conducive to growth in more advanced sectors of an economy, while they do not matter or have a negative effect on growth in sectors far away from the technological frontier. One channel of explanation goes through the beneficial effects of democracy and political rights on the freedom of entry in markets. Overall, democracies tend to have much lower entry barriers than autocracies, because political accountability reduces the protection of vested interests, and entry in turn is known to be generally more growth-enhancing in sectors that are closer to the technological frontier. We present empirical evidence that supports this entry explanation.

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Alesina, Alberto, Alberto Carrasquilla, and Roberto Steiner. 2005. “The Central Bank of Colombia.” Institutional Reforms in Colombia, edited by A Alesina. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Alesina, Alberto, Alberto Carrasquilla, and Juan Jose Echevarria. 2005. “Decentralization in Colombia.” Institutional reforms in Colombia, edited by A Alesina. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Alesina, Alberto, Enrico Spolaore, and Romain Wacziarg. 2005. “Trade, Growth and the Size of Countries.” Handbook of Economic Growth, edited by P Aghion and S Durlauf. 1499-1542: North Holland, Amsterdam.
Alesina, Alberto, and Romain Wacziarg. 2000. “The Economics of Social Trust.” Disaffected Democracies, edited by S Pharr and R Putnam. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Alesina, Alberto, and Roberto Perotti. 1999. “Budget Deficits and Budget Institutions.” Fiscal Institutions and Fiscal Performance, edited by J Poterba and J von Hagen, 13-36. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press and NBER.
Alesina, Alberto. 1999. “Too Large and Too Small Governments.” Economic Policy and Equity, edited by V Tanzi, Ke-Young Chu, and S Gupta. Washington, DC: International Monetary Fund.
Alesina, Alberto. 1998. “The Political Economy of Macroeconomic Stabilizations and Income Inequality: Myths and Reality.” Income Distribution and High Quality Growth, edited by V Tanzi and Ke-Young Chu, 299-326. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press.
Alesina, Alberto, and Roberto Perotti. 1997. “The Politics of Growth: A Survey.” Governments and Growth, edited by V Bergstrom, 11-57. Oxford UK: Clarendon Press.
Alesina, Alberto. 1997. “The Political Economy of High and Low Growth.” Prooceedings of the 1997 ABCDE Conference, edited by B Pleskovic and J Stiglitz, 217-48. Washington D.C. World Bank.
Alesina, Alberto, and Gian Maria Milesi Ferretti. 1996. “Controlli sui Movimenti di Capitali e Politica Economica: un Analisi Empirica.” Ufficio Italiano Cambi Studi per il Cinquantenario. Laterza Editore.
Alesina, Alberto, Mauro Mare, and Roberto Perotti. 1996. “Le Procedure di Bilancio in Italia: Analisi e Proposte.” Le Nuove Frontiere della Politica Economica 1996, edited by F Galimberti, F Giavazzi, A Penati, and G Tabellini. Milan, Italy: Il Sole 24 Ore.

Reprinted in F. Giavazzi, A . Penati and G. Tabellini (eds.), La Costituzione Fiscale Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, 1998. English version available as Working Paper of Columbia University.

Alesina, Alberto, and James Alt. 1996. “Political Economy: An Overview.” A New Handbook of Political Science, edited by RE Goodin and HD Klingemann. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.