Alessandra Voena has been awarded the 2017 Carlo Alberto Medal, presented to a young Italian economist (resident in Italy or abroad) under the age of 40 for outstanding research contributions to the field of economics.
Voena, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, is a labor and development economist who contributed to the economics of the family in developed and developing countries. She also studies the economics of knowledge and innovation. She was honored for “important contributions to the economics of family interaction using advanced econometric techniques.”
The award is presented biennially by the Colegio Carlo Alberto at Università Degli Studi de Torino. She will receive the award in the fall and deliver the Carlo Alberto Medal Lecture; she will be recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Collegio.
Voena received her bachelor's degree in economics from the Università di Torino in 2005, and her PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2011. During a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she spent significant time doing field research in Lusaka, Zambia. In addition to her faculty post at the University of Chicago, she is a research fellow of the NBER, a research associate of CHILD, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Journal of Labor Economics
. She also recently was awarded a prestigious Alfred. P. Sloan Research Fellowship.