Biography

Curriculum Vitae

  • Alberto Alesina, born in 
  • Italy in 1957, is the Nathaniel 
  • Ropes Professor of 

Political Economy at Harvard University. 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.