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Alesina, Alberto

Works: 236 works in 1,415 publications in 3 languages and 15,167 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  History 
Roles: Editor, Creator, Honoree
Classifications: HC240, 338.94
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Publications about Alberto Alesina
Publications by Alberto Alesina
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Most widely held works by Alberto Alesina
The future of Europe reform or decline by Alberto Alesina( file )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,658 libraries worldwide
Presenting the argument which suggests that, unless Europe takes serious action soon, its economic and political decline is unavoidable, this text provides a statement of the steps Europe must take before it's too late
Political cycles and the macroeconomy by Alberto Alesina( file )
17 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,264 libraries worldwide
La relacion entre los ciclos politicos y economicos es uno de los asuntos mas estudiados de economia politica. Este libro examina como las leyes electorales, la sincronizacion de elecciones, la orientacion ideologica de gobiernos, y la naturaleza de la competicion entre los partidos politicos influencian el desempleo, el desarrollo economico, la inflacion, y la politica monetaria y fiscal
The size of nations by Alberto Alesina( file )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,238 libraries worldwide
"The authors of this timely and provocative book use the tools of economic analysis to examine the formation and change of political borders. They argue that while these issues have always been at the core of historical analysis, international economists have tended to regard the size of a country as "exogenous," or no more subject to explanation than the location of a mountain range or the course of a river. Alesina and Spolaore consider a country's borders to be subject to the same analysis as any other manmade institution. In The Size of Nations they argue that the optimal size of a country is determined by a cost-benefit trade-off between the benefits of size and the costs of heterogeneity. In a large country, per capita costs may be low, but the heterogeneous preferences of a large population make it hard to deliver services and formulate policy. Smaller countries may find it easier to respond to citizen preferences in a democratic way."--BOOK JACKET
Fighting poverty in the US and Europe : a world of difference by Alberto Alesina( Book )
25 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 958 libraries worldwide
The authors describe just how different Europe and America are in the level of State engagement in the redistribution of income. They discuss possible economic and sociological explanations for the difference, including attitudes to the poor, notions of social responsibility, and attitudes to race
Politics and economics in the eighties by Alberto Alesina( Book )
13 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 656 libraries worldwide
Is the federal budget deficit a result of congressional deadlocks, gross miscalculation of economic trends, or a Republican strategy to tie the budgetary hands of future Democratic leadership? To what extend does the partisan split between Congress and the executive branch constrain the president's agenda? In this volume, political scientists and economists tackle these and many other contentious issues, offering a variety of analytical perspectives. Certain to provoke controversy, this interdisciplinary volume brings together policy experts to provide a coherent analysis of the most important
Europe and the euro by Alberto Alesina( file )
15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 625 libraries worldwide
Looks at the effects of the euro on reform of goods and labor markets; its influence on business cycles and trade among members; and, whether the single currency has induced convergence or divergence in the economic performance of member countries. This title focuses on both the first ten years of the euro and the workings of a monetary union
Partisan politics, divided government, and the economy by Alberto Alesina( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 612 libraries worldwide
The authors first outline the rational partisan business cycle, where Republican administrations begin with recession, and Democratic administrations with expansions, and next the midterm cycle, where the President's party loses votes in the mid-term congressional election. The book argues that both cycles are the result of uncertainty about the outcome of presidential elections. Other topics covered include retrospective voting on the economy, coat-tails, and incumbency advantage. A final chapter shows how the analysis sheds light on the economies and political processes of other industrial democracies
Currency unions by Alberto Alesina( Book )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 388 libraries worldwide
Currency Unions reviews the traditional case for flexible exchange rates and countercyclicalthat is, expansionary during recessions and contractionary in boomsmonetary policy, and shows how flexible exchange rate regimes can better insulate the economy from such real disturbances as terms-of-trade shocks. The book also looks at the pitfalls of flexible exchange ratesand why fixed rates, particularly full dollarizationmight be a more sensible choice for some emerging-market countries. The contributors also detail the factors that determine the optimal sizes of currency unions, explain how currency union greatly expands the volume of international trade among its members, and examine the recent implementation of dollarization in Ecuador
Institutional reforms : the case of Colombia ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Columbia suffers not only from institutional problems, but also a range of social issues such as high crime rates, drug trafficking and political corruption. This text looks at the construction of the country's institutions, including proposals that could be introduced to address a myriad of problems
Defining a macroeconomic framework for the Euro area by Alberto Alesina( Book )
8 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 185 libraries worldwide
Preferences for redistribution in the land of opportunities by Alberto Alesina( Computer File )
32 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 158 libraries worldwide
This paper discusses what determines the preferences of individuals for redistribution. We review the theoretical literature and provide a framework to incorporate various effects previously studied separately in the literature. We then examine empirical evidence for the US, using the General Social Survey, and for a large set of countries, using the World Values Survey. The paper reviews previously found results and provides several new ones. We emphasize, in particular, the role of historical experiences, cultural factors and personal history as determinants of preferences for equality or tolerance for inequality
Fiscal policy after the financial crisis ( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
The recent recession has brought fiscal policy back to the forefront, with economists and policy makers struggling to reach a consensus on highly political issues like tax rates and government spending. At the heart of the debate are fiscal multipliers, whose size and sensitivity determine the power of such policies to influence economic growth. Fiscal Policy after the Financial Crisis focuses on the effects of fiscal stimuli and increased government spending, with contributions that consider the measurement of the multiplier effect and its size. In the face of uncertainty over the sustainability of recent economic policies, further contributions to this volume discuss the merits of alternate means of debt reduction through decreased government spending or increased taxes. A final section examines how the short-term political forces driving fiscal policy might be balanced with aspects of the long-term planning governing monetary policy
Public goods and ethnic divisions by Alberto Alesina( Book )
17 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 147 libraries worldwide
We present a model that links heterogeneity of preferences across ethnic groups in a city to the amount and type of public good the city supplies. We test the implications of the model with three related datasets: US cities, US metropolitan areas, and US urban counties. Results show that productive public goods -- education, roads, libraries, sewers and trash pickup -- in US cities (metro areas/urban counties) are inversely related to the city's (metro area's/county's) ethnic fragmentation, even after controlling for other socioeconomic and demographic determinants. Ethnic fragmentation is negatively related to the share of local spending on welfare. The results are mainly driven by observations in which majority whites are reacting to varying sizes of minority groups. We conclude that ethnic conflict is an important determinant of local public finances
What does the European Union do? by Alberto Alesina( Book )
27 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
We construct a set of indicators to measure the policy-making role of the European Union (European Council, Parliament, Commission, Court of Justice, etc.), in a selected number of policy domains. Our goal is to examine the division of prerogatives between European institutions and national ones, in light of the implications of normative models and in relation to the preferences of European citizens. Our data confirm that the extent and the intensity of policy-making by the ED have increased sharply over the last 30 years. Such increase has taken place, at different speeds, and to different degrees, across policy domains. In recent times the areas that have expanded most are the most remote from the EEC's original mission of establishing a free market zone with common external trade policy. We conjecture that the resulting allocation may be partly inconsistent with normative criteria concerning the assignment of policies at different government levels, as laid out in the theoretical literature
Fiscal adjustments in OECD countries : composition and macroeconomic effects by Alberto Alesina( Book )
18 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
This ppaer studies how the composition of fiscal adjustments influences their likelihood of success, defined as a long lasting deficit reduction, and their macroeconomic consequences. We find that fiscal adjustments which rely primarily on spending cuts on transfers and the government wage bill have a better chance of being successful and are expansionary. On the contrary fiscal adjustments which rely primarily on tax increases and cuts in public investment tend not to last and are contractionary. We discuss alternate explanations for these findings by studying both a full sample of OECD countries and by focusing on three case studies: Denmark, Ireland and Italy
Regulation and investment by Alberto Alesina( Book )
23 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
One commonly held view about the difference between continental European countries and other OECD economies, especially the United States, is that the heavy regulation of the former reduces their growth. Using newly assembled data on regulation in several sectors of many OECD countries, we provide substantial and robust evidence that various measures of regulation in the product markets, concerning in particular entry barriers, are negatively related to investment. The policy implication of our analysis is clear: regulatory reforms that liberalize entry are very likely to spur investment
Budget deficits and budget institutions by Alberto Alesina( Book )
19 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 115 libraries worldwide
By discussing the available theoretical and empirical literature, this paper argues that budget procedures and budget institutions do influence budget outcomes. Budget institutions include both procedural rules and balanced budget laws. We critically assess theoretical contributions in this area and suggest several open and unresolved issues. We also examine the empirical evidence drawn from studies on samples of OECD countries, Latin American countries and US states
Fiscal policy, profits, and investment by Alberto Alesina( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 112 libraries worldwide
This paper evaluates the effects of fiscal policy on investment using a panel of OECD countries. In particular, we investigate how different types of fiscal policy affect profits and, as a result, investment. We find a sizable negative effect of public spending -- and in particular of its public wage component -- on business investment. This result is consistent with models in which government employment creates wage pressure for the private sector. Various types of taxes also have negative effects on profits, but, interestingly, the effects of government spending on investment are larger than the effect of taxes. Our results have important implications for the so called 'Non-Keynesian' (i.e. expansionary) effects of fiscal adjustments
Redistribution through public employment : the case of Italy by Alberto Alesina( Book )
16 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
This paper examines the regional distribution of public employment in Italy. It documents two sets of facts. This first is the use of public employment as a subsidy from the North to the less wealthy South. We calculate that about half of the wage bill in the South of Italy can be identified as a subsidy. Both the size of public employment and the level of wages are used as a redistributive device. The second set of facts concerns the effects of a subsidized public employment on individuals' attitudes toward job search, education, 'risk taking' activities etc. Public employment discourages the development of market activities in the South
Bureaucrats or politicians? by Alberto Alesina( Book )
20 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
"Policies are typically chosen by politicians and bureaucrats. This paper investigates the efficiency criteria for allocating policy tasks to elected policymakers (politicians) or non elected bureaucrats. Politicians are more efficient for tasks that do not involve too much specific technical ability relative to effort; there is uncertainty about ex post preferences of the public and flexibility is valuable; time inconsistency is not an issue; small but powerful vested interests do not have large stakes in the policy outcome; effective decisions over policies require taking into account policy complementarities and compensating the losers. We then compare this benchmark with the case in which politicians choose when to delegate and we show that the two generally differ"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site
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Alternative Names
Alesina, A. 1957-
Alesina, A. (Alberto)
Alesina, A. (Alberto), 1957-
Alesina, Alberto
Alesina, Alberto F. 1957-
Alesina, Alberto Francesco 1957-
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Italian (3)
Spanish (2)
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