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Harvard economics professor to deliver annual Kinley Lecture

Mark Reutter, Business Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Alberto Alesina, a professor of economics and government at Harvard University, will deliver the annual David Kinley Lecture in Economics at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the University of Illinois.

The talk, "The Redistribution of Income: Why and How Much?," will be held in the auditorium of the College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign.

Alesina will discuss why governments worldwide have become increasingly involved in redistributing wealth among social classes and how government redistribution varies among nations. His lecture will conclude with an examination of why the most efficient means of redistribution often are not chosen.

Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1988, Alesina taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and was affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has written extensively on macroeconomic policy and is a co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

The Kinley Lecture, sponsored by the UI Department of Economics and the College of Commerce and Business Administration, is free and open to the public.