Background and activities

I am an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). I hold a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at NTNU, with a doctoral thesis on the Macroeconomics of Natural Resources.

My latest research is at the intersection between Public Economics, Labor Economics and Political Economy, with a focus on policy-relevant questions related to the «Nordic model» of economic development and welfare.

I teach Economics and Social Policy at the highly interdisciplinary department of Social Work at NTNU, giving lectures on issues related to the Economics of the Welfare State, Poverty and Social Protection.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice (JPFPC).

I am the Country Lead for Norway of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

I sit on the International Advisory Board of the EU's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on "Labour, Welfare and Social Rights in Europe" (LAWESRE).

I have collaborated with the Young Scholar Initiative (YSI) working group on Political Economy of Europe of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

I am available to join consortia for Horizon 2020 projects. My university NTNU has been involved in 100+ Horizon 2020 projects. More information here.

You can find my updated CV here: short_version long_version

Journal publications:

[7] Iacono R. (2019), "The Norwegian Oil Bonanza and the Scandinavian Model in Comparative Perspective", Comparative Economic Studies, 61(1): 63-82. Preprint.

[6] Iacono R. (2018), "The Nordic Model of Economic Development and Welfare: Recent Developments and Future Prospects", Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, 53(4): 185-190. Preprint.

[5] Iacono R. (2018), “The Dutch Disease revisited: absorption constraint and learning by doing”, Portuguese Economic Journal, 17(1): 61-85. Preprint.

[4] Iacono R. (2017), “Minimum Income Schemes in Europe: is there a trade-off with activation policies?”, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies; 6:1.

[3] Iacono R. (2017), "A comparison of fiscal rules for resource-rich economies", Economic Analysis and Policy, 55: 179-193. Preprint.

[2] Iacono R. (2016), “No blessing, no curse? On the benefits of being a resource-rich southern region of Italy”, Research in Economics, 70 (2): 346-359. Preprint.

[1] Iacono R. (2014), “On the interplay between intergenerational transfers and natural resources”, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, 12(2): 167-199.

Working papers

[2] Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2019), "Perceptions of Inequality and Redistribution: A Note", Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 19002, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.

[1] Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2018), "Sources of inequality in Italy", ECINEQ working paper 2018-479.

Book reviews:

[1] Iacono R. (2018), Review of "The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century" by Walter Scheidel. LSE Review of Books.

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