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Alessandra Voena Curriculum Vitae

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Current Postion

Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University (since July 2020)

Editor, Journal of Labor Economics (since January 2019)


Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics, Stanford University, June 2011

B.A. in Economics and Commerce, University of Torino (Italy), April 2005 (Summa cum laude)

Undergraduate studies in Economics, Université Lyon III (France), 2003 (Exchange student)

Other Affiliations

Research Associate, NBER (2019-, FRF 2013-2019)

Research Associate, CHILD-Collegio Carlo Alberto (2015-)

Research Affiliate, CEPR (2016-)

Affiliate, BREAD (2017-)

Past Positions

Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, The University of Chicago (2019-2020)

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, The University of Chicago (2016-2019)

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, The University of Chicago (2012-2016)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation, Yale University, 2015-2016

Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, 2011-2012 

Researcher on Innovation Policy, Centro Studi e Documentazione Luigi Einaudi, 2004-2005

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Age of marriage, weather shocks and the direction of marriage payments” (with Lucia Corno and Nicole Hildebrandt), Econometrica, forthcoming

“Bride Price and the Returns to Education” (with Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau and Nathan Nunn), Journal of Political Economy, 2020

“Inheritance Customs and Agricultural Investment” (with Brian Dillon), Journal of Development Economics (2018)

“Yours, Mine and Ours: Do Divorce Laws Affect the Intertemporal Behavior of Married Couples?” The American Economic Review, 105.8 (2015): 2295-2332 (lead article)

“German-Jewish Émigrés and U.S. Invention” (with Petra Moser and Fabian Waldinger), The American Economic Review, 104.10 (2014): 3222-3255

“Compulsory Licensing: Evidence from the Trading-with-the Enemy Act” (with Petra Moser), The American Economic Review, 102.1 (2012): 396-427 

Other Publications

“Traditional Beliefs and Learning about Maternal Risk in Zambia” (with Nava Ashraf, Erica Field, Giuditta Rusconi and Roberta Ziparo) American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 107.5 (2017): 511-515

“The Economics and Politics of Women’s Rights” (with Matthias Doepke and Michèle Tertilt), Annual Review of Economics, 4.1 (2012): 339-372

Working Papers and Research in Progress

“Prenuptial Contracts, Labor Supply and Household Investments” (with Denrick Bayot)

“Marriage, Labor Supply and the Dynamics of the Social Safety Net” (with Hamish Low, Costas Meghir and Luigi Pistaferri)

“Selling Daughters: Age of Marriage, Income Shocks and Bride Price Tradition” (with Lucia Corno)

“Maternal Mortality and the Gender Gap in the Demand for Children in Zambia” (with Nava Ashraf, Erica Field and Roberta Ziparo)

“The value of health insurance: A field experiment in India” (with Gabriella Conti, Kosuke Imai, Cynthia Kinnan, Anup Malani)

“Transformative finance for women entrepreneurs in Lusaka, Zambia (piloting stage; with Nava Ashraf, Alexia Delfino and Edward Glaeser)

“Migration, marriage markets and human capital in India” (with Natalie Bau and Corinne Low)

“Female Genital Cutting and the Slave Trade” (with Lucia Corno and Eliana La Ferrara)


Instructor, Development Economics: Microeconomic Issues (G), The University of Chicago, since 2019

Instructor, Labor Economics: Household Decisions and Labor Markets (G), The University of Chicago, since 2015

Instructor, Economics of the family (G and UG), The University of Chicago, 2014-2015

Instructor, Elements of Economic Analysis I (UG), The University of Chicago, since 2013

Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Econometrics (UG), Stanford University, 2008

Teaching Assistant, Macroeconomics (UG), University of Torino, 2004

Grants, Honors and Awards

2017: Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship; Carlo Alberto Medal, awarded biennially to an outstanding Italian economist under the age of 40 

2016: IGC Grant "Maternal mortality risk and gender gap in desired fertility" (with Nava Ashraf and Erica Field); Prize in Memory of Maria Concetta Chiuri for "Selling Daughters: Age of Marriage, Income Shocks and the Bride Price Tradition" (coauthored with Lucia Corno); Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review

2015: IGC Grant "Impact Evaluation of a Public Health Insurance Plan in India" (with Anup Malani, Cynthia Kinnan, Gabriella Conti, and Ramanan Laxamariyan); Andrew J. Walters Research Award; Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review

2014: John Templeton Foundation Research Grant “Understanding the Family in Family Planning” (with Nava Ashraf and Erica Field); Social Sciences Divisional Research Grant; BERI grant “Maternal Mortality Risk and the Gender Gap in Desired Fertility” (with Nava Ashraf and Erica Field)

2013: Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society grant “Unpacking the Value of Health Insurance in India” (with Anup Malani and Anuj Shah); UniCredit Best Paper Award in Gender Economics

2012: Finalist in Social Sciences, Council of Graduate School's Dissertation Award; NBER Household Finance research grant 

2011: Claire and Ralph Landau Prize for a SIEPR Discussion paper; Invited Speaker, Review of Economic Studies European Tour

2010: Leonard W. Ely and Shirley R. Ely Graduate Student Fund Fellowship (stipend and tuition); Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

2008-09: Stanford University Dept. of Economics Fellowship (stipend and tuition)

2006-08: Unicredit Fellowship “Giovanna Crivelli” (stipend and tuition)

2005-06: Stanford University Dept. of Economics Fellowship (stipend and tuition)

2002-05:  Optime Prize awarded to outstanding graduates of University of Torino; European Union fellowship for Socrates exchange students 

Presentations and Seminars (Including Scheduled)

2020: AEA meetings, Georgetown, UCLA-CIFAR conference on Culture and Preference Formation, UCSD Development retreat, Princeton, UNC, Penn, Cornell, Michigan, Pitt, Marseille, PSE, CEPR Labor (keynote)

2019: USC, World Bank, UC Irvine, Stanford, WEAI meetings, Washington, Univerisdad del Pacifico (Lima), Universidad de Los Andes (Santiago), Dublin, Stockholm,Rochester, UIUC, HKS

2018: Rice, Minnesota, LSE, HCEO Conference on Family Economics, NBER SI, UIUC, WashU Olin, Mannheim, Geneva, Toulouse, IFPRI, Penn State, Collegio Carlo Alberto, MSU, SITE Stockholm conference (keynote)

2017: Stockholm, Bocconi, Sciences Po, McGill, Columbia, STLAR conference at St. Louis Fed, NBER SI Children, Wisconsin

2016: MIT/Harvard, NY Fed, IADB, Stanford SITE, NBER SI EFACR, Bank of Italy, NBER WWL (discussant), Northwestern, UCL, Penn, LSE, Sussex, Warwick, Oxford, Berkeley, Yale (x2), Berkeley Haas, Tufts, AEA meetings

2015: Zurich, Michigan H2D2 (keynote), Brown, Stavanger-Bergen Labor Workshop at Berkeley, Yale, Yale Political Economy and Development Conference (discussant), UChicago, BC, NYU, NBER Summer Institute CH, SED meetings, “Families and the Macroeconomy” conference in Mannheim, Barcelona GSE-CEAR-MOVE workshop on “Family Economics”, “Handbook of Macroeconomics” conference (discussant), Harvard, Brown, UIC, Houston, ASU, DePaul, AEA meetings (discussant)

2014: Sciences-PO, SED Meetings, Yale Cowles Summer Conference, “Demographic Economics” Conference at UIowa, UChicago, CIREQ Montreal (discussant), Chicago-Area Workshop on “Family Economics”, Maryland, IFPRI, Toronto, AEA meetings

2013: Collegio Carlo Alberto, “New Directions in Applied Microeconomics” conference at Caltech, Bologna, Sant'Anna Pisa, UCL, EIEF, EEA meetings, SED meetings, Chicago Fed, UVA, Ohio State, Yale, UChicago Harris

2012: CEAR conference on “Households and Risk”, UBC, FINET conference on Family Inequality, Minneapolis Fed, “DevelopmentXChange” conference at Gates Foundation, Yale Cowles Summer Conference, Collegio Carlo Alberto Conference on “Legal, Illegal and Criminal Migration”, WashU/St. Louis Fed, EIEF, CSEF, UCLA, Harvard Kennedy School

2011: Torino/Collegio Carlo Alberto, ASU, Michigan, Princeton, Munich Conference on “Cultural Change and Economic Growth”, CEMFI, Stockholm School of Economics, LBS, Cornell, Booth, NYU, Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia GSB, UChicago, Harvard, Harvard Kennedy School, Yale

2010: Cambridge, LSE, UCL, St. Louis Fed, Minneapolis Fed, SFSU, SITE, NBER Summer Institute EFACR, SED Meetings, Midwest Macro Meetings

2009-08: San Francisco Fed Microeconomics Conference, Mondragone- La Pietra- Collegio Carlo Alberto Doctoral Conference; BREAD-University of Verona Summer School on Development Economics

Professional Service

2017-19: Associate Editor, JEEA and JOLE

2017-: PhD admission committee, Department of Economics, The University of Chicago

2016-: Co-organizer of the Becker Applied Economics Workshop, The University of Chicago

Co-organizer of the EIEF Junior Conference in Applied Microeconomics

2013-: Co-organizer of the Family Economics Workshop, The University of Chicago

2016: Program committee member of the Winter Meetings of the Econometric Society,

2014-16: International Innovation Corps, The University of Chicago, Faculty Advisory Committee Member

2012-: Junior faculty recruiting committee, Department of Economics, The University of Chicago

2014-15: Society of Economic Dynamics Meetings, Program committee member 

2014: Social Science Divisional Research Committee member, The University of Chicago

Advising (as dissertation committee member, with placement)

2018: Jorge Garcia (Clemson), Simone Lenzu (2018, NYU Stern Finance), Mohsen Mirtaher (AQR), Jorge Rodriguez (Universidad de Los Andes, Chile), David Malison (Uber), Nina Ngoc Nguyen (Charles River Associates), Jaeyoon Lee (Fudan University)

2015: Denrick Bayot (Cornerstone), Jesse Naidoo (Harris School postdoc, then Pretoria), Stefano Mosso (AQR)

Refereeing Activity

Journal of Economic Growth, Econometrica, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Economic Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Legal Studies, American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND, Review of Economic Studies, AEJ: Applied, Journal of Health Economics, AEJ-Macro, AEJ-Public Policy, AEJ-Micro, World Bank Review, Economic Letters, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Growth


Italian (native), French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Latin (reading knowledge), Ancient Greek (reading knowledge)