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Alessandra Voena
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2009-10, Economics

Alessandra Voena is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Torino, Italy. She conducts research on labor economics, the economics of the family and economic history. Her dissertation is on marriage disruption and household intertemporal behavior and analyzes how divorce and widowhood affect women and men's saving and investment decisions. In particular, she is investigating how divorce settlement laws in the US influence couples' incentives to save during marriage and their ability to face the economic costs of divorce. She is also interested in intrahousehold decisions over savings when spouses' life horizons differ and the welfare of surviving spouses in the United States.