The Influence of Political Distortions on Economic Performance: The contributions of Alberto Alesina

An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon

Published: December 2004

Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy and Chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University. In this interview he discusses with Brian Snowdon his views on several important contemporary issues, including politics and the business cycle, budget deficits, currency unions, the European Union, the size of nations, economic growth, inequality, democracy, foreign aid, ethnic fractionalisation, and the welfare state in the US and Europe.

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