Speaker: Professor Alberto Alesina, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard

Our second meeting for the Fall season will be on November 7 at the Gran Gusto restaurant in Cambridge. Our featured speaker will be Professor Alberto Alesina, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. His topic will be “The European Current Financial Crisis”

Alberto Alesina, was 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.

Our meetings take place at the Gran Gusto restaurant at 90 Sherman St. Cambridge and start with a cocktail hour from 6:00 - 7:00 PM with wine available at $5.00 or $8.00 per glass, soda at $3.00 or beer at $6.00.

Dinner is typically served at 7:00 PM and then our featured speaker takes over for 30-40 minutes and is followed by a Q&A session..

There are two choices for dinner: A three course Italian dinner at $36.00 or a pizza and salad dinner at $20.00.

If you plan on attending please email me your dinner selection at [masked] before Friday November 4 as we have to notify Gran Gusto in advance.

 

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