Publications

1. ​​​​Divorce Laws and Divorce Rate in the U.S. 2013The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 13(1), pages 39, August.

2. Until Death Do Us Part? The Economics of Short-Term Marriage Contracts 2014, with G. Ponthiere, Population Review, Vol. 53(1), pp.19-32. 
Press reaction: PSE "5 articles...en 5 minutes"; Libération; The Toronto Star

3. Unemployment Duration of Spouses: Evidence From France
 2014, LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Vol. 28(4), pp. 399-429, December.

4. Taxation and Female Labor Supply in Italy 2015, with F. Colonna, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 4:5 (19 March 2015).
Winner of the Prize in Memory of Maria Concetta Chiuri 2011, SIEP​
Press reaction: La Voce, by A. Alesina and A. Ichino; InGenere; EspressoNoiseFromAmerika; Linkiesta
F. Colonna, S. Marcassa, "Se il fisco scoraggia il lavoro delle donne"​, Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie, Anno XLII, Maggio 2012, p.29-30.


Working Papers​​​

Marriage Strategy Among European Nobility 2017, with J. Pouyet and T. Tregouet. Thema Working Paper 2017-17 (submitted)
We use a unique dataset to analyze marriage and union patterns of European nobility from the 1500s to the 1800s. Our matching model predicts homophily in title, and that more stringent constraints on the dowries lead to a higher degree of homophily. Historical evidence supports both predictions: nobles tended to marry nobles with identical title; and, German marriages, whose dowry rules were more rigid, were characterized by a higher degree of homophiliy in titles than English marriages. Moreover, homophily in titles decreased over time for Germans, and remained constant for English nobles.

The Geography of Social Change 2017, with A. Fogli 
We investigate how and when social change arises. We use data on the spatial diffusion of the fertility transition across US counties to identify the contribution of coordination and learning in the emergence of a new family model. We provide several measures of local and global spatial correlation to establish the existence of a significant geographic pattern in the data. We propose a mechanism in which cultural assimilation is the engine of the fertility transition. Using Census data starting from 1850, we estimate the speed of fertility assimilation for the different ethnic groups to show that their process of convergence is a crucial channel to explain the aggregate decline of fertility rate over time and across space.

Welfare and Trade Elasticity with Multinational Production 2017, with P. Bombarda. Thema Working Paper 2017-14 (submitted)
We examine how the presence of heterogenous multinational firms matters for the aggregate welfare implications of trade by comparing models with only export, intra-firm activity, and pure multination production. We show that extensive margins depend on both supply and demand parameters, and are not longer constant. We use a theoretical comparative static to isolate the additional component of wel- fare associated with intra-firms trade and to show that models of multinational production have new aggregate welfare implications. The model is then calibrated to analyze counterfactual scenarios. We find that truncation through multinational production is associated with the largest welfare gains from liberalization.​ ​

​​Intra-Firm Trade, Multinational Production, and Welfare 2017, with P. Bombarda​​. Thema Working Paper 2017-15
We propose a model where firms have access to competing market strategies: export and multinational production. Due to technological appropriability issues, foreign affiliates import an intermediate input from the home headquarters. The presence of export and multinational production alters the standard results obtained for welfare in heterogeneous firm models, through a double truncation of the productivity distribution. The model is then calibrated to analyze counterfactual scenarios. We find that welfare gains from intra-firm trade range from 0.3 to 7 percent depending on country characteristics.​​


​Work in Progress

The Reallocation of Time in U.S. Households: A Panel Analysis​ with Olivier Donni