Alessandra Voena

We are very pleased to announce that Alessandra Voena has been named a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise, and are awarded to recognize distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Alessandra Voena is a labor and development economist whose research focuses primarily on the economics of the family. Her recent work includes examining the effects of United States welfare reform on marriage and divorce, household decision-making around fertility and education, and the economic consequences of cultural norms around marriage in sub-Saharan Africa, India and Asia. She has recently published research in American Economics Review, including work on the important role of German-Jewish emigrants on U.S. innovation.

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