Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy and
Chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University. In this
interview he discusses with Brian Snowdon his views on several important
contemporary issues, including politics and the business cycle, budget deficits,
currency unions, the European Union, the size of nations, economic growth,
inequality, democracy, foreign aid, ethnic fractionalisation, and the welfare state
in the US and Europe.