Publications by Type: Working Paper

2013
Alesina, Alberto, and Veronique de Rugy. 2013. “Austerity:The Relative Effects of Tax Increases versus Spending Cuts”. Download paper
Mercatus Center Working Paper
2009
Alesina, Alberto, and Joseph Zeira. 2009. “Technology and Labor Regulations”.

NBER Working Paper No. 12581

2008
Alesina, Alberto, and Richard Holden. 2008. “Extremism and Ambiguities in Two-Candidate Elections”. Abstract

We analyze a model in which voters are uncertain about the policy preferences of candidates. Two forces affect the probability of electoral success: proximity to the median voter and campaign contributions. First, we show how campaign contributions affect elections. Then we show how the candidates may wish to announce a range of policy preferences, rather than a single point. This strategic ambiguity balances voter beliefs about the appeal of candidates both to the median voter and to the campaign contributors. If primaries precede a general election, they add another incentive for ambiguity, because in the primaries, the candidates do not want to reveal too much information, to maintain some freedom of movement in the policy space for the general election. Ambiguity has an option value.

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NBER Working Paper No. 14143

2006
Alesina, Alberto, and Paola Giuliano. 2006. “Divorce, Fertility and the Shot Gun Marriage”. Abstract
Easier divorce has two effects on marriage rates and fertility. It dilutes the value of marriage, therefore reducing marriage rates and marital fertility and potentially increasing out of wedlock fertility. But easier divorce reduces also the commitment cost of marriage leading women to “try” marriage especially when in child bearing age or even already pregnant. We find that total fertility and out-of-wedlock fertility decline after the introduction of unilateral divorce. Women planning to have children marry more easily with an easier “exit option” from marriage. Thus, more children are born in the first years of marriage, while marital fertility does not change, probably as a result of an increase in divorce and marital instability. Therefore we find strong evidence consistent with the “commitment effect”
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NBER Working Paper No. 12375

1996
Alesina, Alberto, and Tamin Bayoumi. 1996. “The Costs and Benefits of Fiscal Rules: Evidence from U.S. States”.

NBER Working Paper No. 5614

1992
Alesina, Alberto, and Philippe Weil. 1992. “Menus of Linear Income Tax Schedules”.

NBER Working Paper No. 3968

1991
Alesina, Alberto, Morris Fiorina, and Howard Rosenthal. 1991. “Why Are There So Many Divided Senate Delegations?”.

NBER Working Paper No. 3663

1987

International Monetary Fund Working Paper

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