In memory of Alberto Alesina
Funding a Seminar Room at His Alma Mater
Professor Alberto Alesina was founder and pioneer in the economic policy research field, a mentor for generations of students and a source of pride for his Alma Mater. An example for all of us.
We are planning to honor Alberto’s memory and mark his groundbreaking contributions to economics by naming a seminar room after him at Bocconi, the university where everything begun. Naming a seminar room in the heart of the Department of Economics is a symbolic gesture, honoring Alberto’s contribution in fostering social sciences and his special connection with his Alma Mater.
Our goal is to raise four hundred thousand euros (ca 500,000 USD) for this campaign by January 2022.
We invite you to be part of this project to keep Alberto’s memory alive. Your support will help us pass on his exemplary work, while advancing knowledge.
Who was Alberto Alesina?
Alberto Alesina graduated in Economic and Social Sciences (ESS) from Bocconi in 1981 with a thesis under the supervision of Prof. Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University since 1994.
He then obtained a PhD from Harvard in 1986 and started a distinguished career becoming Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy in the Economics Department at Harvard University. As an internationally renowned scholar, he was a Fellow of the Econometric Society, member of the American Academy of Art and Science and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Harvard University (2003 - 2006).
He has always been a source of pride for his Alma Mater to which he kept a special connection, helping to elevate Bocconi to one of the best internationally recognized universities in economics
Over the years, he served in different positions at Bocconi, including:
- Visiting Professor of Economics, IGIER-Bocconi July 2002-June 2003 and July 2008-June 2009
- IGIER Fellow, Universitá Bocconi, June 2009 to 2020
- Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Visiting Professor of Economics, Bocconi University, AA 2012/2013 and 2014/2015
- Long-term visiting professor (Dept. of Economics, IGIER and PhD in Economics) from 2013 to 2017
As founder and a pioneer in the economic policy research field, he would come to Bocconi twice a year to work on cutting-edge Economic and Fiscal Policies issues with his friends and colleagues from IGIER, co-authoring more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals with them.
Alberto also played an important role in advancing economic policy debates with his fundamental contributions in political economy and the role of culture and institutions for economic development. He was a mentor for generations of Bocconi students inspiring and supporting ESS and PhD graduates throughout their careers.
Why this venue?
When thinking of how to honor his memory, we envisage a symbolic place, representing Alberto’s contribution in fostering Social Sciences: a Seminar Room in the heart of the Department of Economics and IGIER, located in the Via Röntgen Building, the hub of Bocconi’s Faculty.
The Röntgen building houses the offices of the entire Faculty, with its Departments and Research Centers. It is designed to be a window to Milan, in order to reinforce the important cultural contribution that Bocconi University plays in the life of this city.
The Röntgen building seminar room is a venue where economics faculty, researchers, fellows and PhD students from Bocconi and the most relevant international Universities meet and discuss their research outcomes.
It was in this same room that Prof. Alesina would share his political economy theories with colleagues and researchers. Here, during his Reading Group in Political Economics, he mentored more than 120 PhD students from 2011 to 2016.
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