Laurence  Ales

Assistant Professor of Economics



Areas of Expertise



University of Minnesota - Ph D (Economics) - 2008
University of Minnesota - MA (Economics) - 2007
Tor Vergata University - BS (Physics) - 2002

Teaching and Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Health Economics, Contract Theory


  • A Theory of Political and Economic Cycles

    (author(s): Laurence Ales, Pricila Maziero, Pierre Yared) Journal of Economic Theory 153, 225-251

  • Revision Proofness

    (author(s): Laurence Ales, Christopher Sleet) Journal of Economic Theory 152, 2014; 324-355

  • A Model Of Banknote Discounts

    (author(s): Laurence Ales, Francesca Carapella, Pricila Maziero, Warren E. Weber) Journal of Economic Theory 142(1), 2008; 5-27


  • How Much Does Atlas Shrug?Taxing Atlas: Using Firm Data to Derive Optimal Income Tax Rates'

    (author(s): Laurence Ales, Andres Bellofatto, Jessie Wang)

  • Is There “Too Much” Inequality in Health Spending Across Income Groups?

    (author(s): Laurence Ales, Roozbeh Hosseini, Larry Jones) International Economic Review

  • Accounting For Private Information

    (author(s): Laurence Ales)

  • Tasks, Talents and Taxes

    (author(s): Christopher Sleet, Laurence Ales, Musab Kurnaz)

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Awards and Honors

Carnegie Mellon University Panhellenic Council - Role Model and Mentor Award (2012)
Carnegie Mellon University - Richard M. Cyert Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012)

University Service

Tepper Lecture Series, Conference-Related, Co-Organizer, Organized with Ariel Zetlin-Jones the first "Tepper Lecture". Aimed at inviting back to the school our former distinguished Ph.D. students., (2013 - )
Macro Finance Workshop, Workshop Organizer, Organizing and providing feedback during the PhD Macro Finance lunch workshop., (2009 - )
Junior Recruiting, Committee Member, Hiring Junior Faculty, (2013 - 2014)
Ph.D. Committee, Committee Member, (2011 - 2013)
Junior Recruitment Committee, Committee Member, FACULTY RECRUITMENT/ECONOMICS, (2008 - 2012)
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Professional Activities

Committee Member, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Faculty board for the PhD In Econometrics and Empirical Economics


    2014 Section: 1
    2013 Section: A
  • Economics of Contracts (47818)
    2013 Mini 2 Section: A
    2012 Mini 2 Section: A
    2011 Mini 2 Section: A
    2010 Mini 1 Section: A
  • Emerging Markets (73421)
    2012 Section: A

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Laurence Ales