Alessandra Voena

Associate Professor of Economics

The University of Chicago

Department of Economics

1126 E. 59th Street

Chicago IL 60637

Email: avoena [at] uchicago [dot] edu

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Working papers

Age of Marriage, Weather Shocks and the Direction of Marriage Payments (with Lucia Corno and Nicole Hildebrandt), 2017, Revision requested by Econometrica [link]

Marriage, Labor Supply and the Dynamics of the Social Safety Net (with Hamish Low, Costas Meghir and Luigi Pistaferri), 2018 [link]

Selling Daughters: Age of Marriage, Income Shocks and the Bride Price Tradition (with Lucia Corno) [link]


Bride Price and Female Education (with Nava Ashraf, Nathan Nunn and Natalie Bau), 2018, Journal of Political Economy forthcoming [link]

Widows' Land Rights and Agricultural Investment (with Brian Dillon), 2018, Journal of Development Economics [link]

Traditional Beliefs and Learning about Maternal Risk in Zambia (with Nava Ashraf, Erica Field, Giuditta Rusconi and Roberta Ziparo), 2017, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings [link]

Yours, Mine and Ours: Do Divorce Laws Affect the Intertemporal Behavior of Married Couples?, 2015, American Economic Review [link]

German-Jewish Émigrés and U.S. Invention (with Petra Moser and Fabian Waldinger), 2014, American Economic Review [link]

The Economics and Politics of Women’s Rights (with Matthias Doepke and Michèle Tertilt), 2012, Annual Review of Economics [link]

Compulsory Licensing: Evidence from the Trading-with-the Enemy Act (with Petra Moser), 2012, American Economic Review [link]

Work in progress

Prenuptial Contracts, Labor Supply and Household Investments (with Denrick Bayot)

Maternal Mortality and the Gender Gap in the Demand for Children in Zambia (with Nava Ashraf, Erica Field and Roberta Ziparo)

The historical origins of Female Genital Cutting in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Lucia Corno, Eliana La Ferrara and Nathan Nunn)

Migration, marriage markets and human capital in India (with Natalie Bau and Corinne Low)

The value of health insurance in India (with Gabriella Conti, Cynthia Kinnan, Kosuke Imai and Anup Malani)