Background and activities
Link to my personal webpage: robertoiacono.org
I am an Associate Professor in Economics and Social Policy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. I am also an Associate Professor (II) in Economics at the Business School of the University of South-Eastern Norway. I am Co-Editor of the Journal of Income Distribution (JID) and Fellow of the World Inequality Database (WID.World). I have been (2020-2021) Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Siena, Italy. In 2022, I will be Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). I am a project participant of the RCN-funded project "Make Taxation Fair" (FRIPRO, NOK 11.8 million, 2021-2026).
I hold a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at NTNU (graduation year 2015). My latest research is at the intersection between Public Economics, Labor Economics and Political Economy, with a focus on (i) measurement of economic inequality and (ii) policy-relevant questions related to the «Nordic model» of economic development and welfare. I teach at the highly interdisciplinary department of Social Work at NTNU, giving lectures (in Norwegian) on Economics of the Welfare State, Social and Welfare Policy, and Quantitative Methods. At USN, I teach Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (in Norwegian).
I am also a Member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice (JPFPC), Country Lead for Norway of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), and a Member of the Scientific Committee of Tax Justice Italia.
 Iacono R. and E. Palagi (2022), "Still the Lands of Equality? Heterogeneity of Income Composition in the Nordics, 1975–2016". The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (NSD:1, AJG:2).
 Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2022), "The evolution of income composition inequality in Italy, 1989-2016". Review of Income and Wealth (NSD:1, AJG:3).
 Faccio T. and Iacono R. (2022), “Corporate Income Taxation and Inequality: Review and discussion of issues raised in - The triumph of injustice: How the rich dodge taxes and how to make them pay”. Review of Income and Wealth. (NSD:1, AJG:3).
 D’Agostino A., Iacono R. and Smedsvik B. (2022), “Immigration and Social Assistance: evidence from the Norwegian welfare state”. Social Policy & Administration (NSD:1, AJG:2).
 Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2021), "The nexus between perceptions of inequality and preferences for redistribution". Journal of Economic Inequality, 19(1): 97-114. (NSD:1, AJG:2).
 Iacono R. (2019), "The Norwegian Oil Bonanza and the Scandinavian Model in Comparative Perspective", Comparative Economic Studies, 61(1): 63-82. Preprint. (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 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. (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 Iacono R. (2018), “The Dutch Disease revisited: absorption constraint and learning by doing”, Portuguese Economic Journal, 17(1): 61-85. Preprint. (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 Iacono R. (2017), “Minimum Income Schemes in Europe: is there a trade-off with activation policies?”, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies; 6:1 (now IZA Journal of Labor Policy). (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 Iacono R. (2017), "A comparison of fiscal rules for resource-rich economies", Economic Analysis and Policy, 55: 179-193. Preprint. (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 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. (NSD:1, AJG:1).
 Iacono R. (2014), “On the interplay between intergenerational transfers and natural resources”, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, 12(2): 167-199. (NSD:1).
 Iacono R. and Piacquadio P., “Inequality mappings”.
 Iacono R. and Marino M. and Mollerstrom J., “Misperceptions, Policy Preferences and Polarization”.
 Bozbay I., Halvorsen E., Iacono R. and Vesperoni A., “Measuring Wealth: Income Capitalization with Heterogeneous Rates of Return”.
 Ceraolo M., Iacono R. and Razzolini T., “Dual Income Taxation and Inequality”.
 Iacono R. and Smedsvik B., “Compulsory activation for young social assistance recipients: punitive policy or social investment?”
 Iacono R. (2019), Review of "Capitalism, Alone" by Branko Milanovic. LSE Review of Books.
 Iacono R. (2019), Review of "Measuring Poverty around the World" by Tony Atkinson. LSE Review of Books.
 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.
Blog posts, interviews, op-eds:
2020-4-5. Op-ed, Forskning.no: "I Italia er ikke økonomi en del av korona-debatten" (in Norwegian).
2020-4-2. Interview, Gemini: "Til og med Prada og Gucci produserer helseutstyr nå" (in Norwegian).
2019-8-20. Interview, Dagens Næringsliv: "Italias statsminister trekker seg" (in Norwegian).
2018-11-27. Interview, Norwegian Public Radio NRK Alltid Nyheter (in Norwegian).
2018-9-21. Blog article, INET: “The Rise of the Radical Right in Scandinavia”.