Laurence  Ales

Assistant Professor of Economics



Area of Expertise



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

Teaching and Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Health Economics, Contract Theory

Published Papers

  • A Theory of Political and Economic Cycles

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

  • Revision Proofness

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

  • A Model Of Banknote Discounts

    ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE 142(1), 2008; 5-27 (author(s): Laurence Ales, Francesca Carapella, Pricila Maziero, Warren E. Weber)

  • 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?

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

  • Accounting For Private Information

    (author(s): Laurence Ales)

  • Tasks, Talents and Taxes

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

  • Adverse Selection And Non-Exclusive Contracts

    Theoretical Economics (author(s): Laurence Ales)

  • Non-Exclusive Dynamic Contracts, Competition, And The Limits Of Insurance

    Journal of Economic Theory (author(s): Laurence Ales)

  • Innovation tournaments with multiple contributors

    Management Science (author(s): Laurence Ales, Soo-Haeng Cho, Ersin Korpeoglu)

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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. Joint with Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau, (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

Courses Taught

2014, (Section: 1)
2013, (Section: A)
Economics of Contracts (47818)
2013, Mini 2 (Section: A)
Emerging Markets (73421)
2012, (Section: A)
Economics of Contracts (47818)
2012, Mini 2 (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2012, (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2012, (Section: B)
Economics of Contracts (47818)
2011, Mini 2 (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2011, (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2011, (Section: B)
Economics of Contracts (47818)
2010, Mini 1 (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2009, (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2009, (Section: B)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2009, (Section: A)
Macroeconomics (73200)
2009, (Section: B)
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Laurence Ales