2009: Marco Battaglini

The winner of the 2009 Carlo Alberto Medal is Marco Battaglini, Professor of Economics at Princeton University.

Born in Vigevano (Pavia) on April 16, 1971, Marco Battaglini holds a Laurea degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, and a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University in the United States. He started his career in 2000 at Princeton University where he is now Professor of Economics. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Kellogg Business School. He is both a CEPR and NBER Research Fellow.

He has received a number of honors and awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, the 2005 Kenneth Arrow Prize in Economics for Junior Faculty, and the participation to the Review of Economic Studies European Tour in 2000.

He is currently associate editor of Econometrica and the Journal of Economic Theory, and foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies.


With articles published in top economics journals (American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies) and in top field journals, Marco Battaglini is one of the leading researchers in the area of political economy and applied economic theory. His work brings sophisticated economic theory to important applied questions. In one example of his recent work, Battaglini examines how political economy considerations affect fiscal policy over the business cycle. In another, he examines the effect of balanced budget amendments on economic performance. Among his contributions, one of the most highly cited is his job market paper, "Multiple Referrals and Multidimensional Cheap Talk" published in Econometrica in 2002. His work provides novel applied insights and innovative theoretical contributions. This combination is rare and a testament to Battaglini's outstanding talent.

The Carlo Alberto Lecture

On June 10, 2009, Marco Battaglini will deliver the Carlo Alberto Lecture at the Collegio, in the same week as the Pareto Lectures, which will be delivered on June 9 and 11, respectively, by James J. Heckman (Department of Economics, University of Chicago) and Eric Maskin (School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).