Background and activities

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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.

My updated CV is here. More details on my papers can also be found here: IDEAS/RePEcGoogle ScholarCristinScopus.

Journal publications:

[14] 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).

[13] 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).

[12] 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).

[11] 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).

[10] 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).

[9] Iacono R. and M. Viccaro (2021), "The Basilicata Wealth Fund". Scienze Regionali - Italian Journal of Regional Science, 20: 577-594. Preprint. (NSD:1).

[8] Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2020), "The Wage Curve across the Wealth Distribution", Economics Letters, Volume 196, November 2020, 109580. Featured in [VoxEU], [Naked Capitalism]. (NSD:1, AJG:3).

[7] 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).

[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. (NSD:1, AJG:1).

[5] 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).

[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 (now IZA Journal of Labor Policy). (NSD:1, AJG:1).

[3] Iacono R. (2017), "A comparison of fiscal rules for resource-rich economies", Economic Analysis and Policy, 55: 179-193. Preprint. (NSD:1, AJG:1).

[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. (NSD:1, AJG:1).

[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).

Working papers

[6] Iacono R. and E. Palagi, "A micro perspective on r > g". World Inequality Lab Working Paper 2021/03. Featured in [VoxEU], [A Correction podcast]. Under review.

[5] Iacono R. and Piacquadio P., “Inequality mappings”.

[4] Iacono R. and Marino M. and Mollerstrom J., “Misperceptions, Policy Preferences and Polarization”. 

[3] Bozbay I., Halvorsen E., Iacono R. and Vesperoni A., “Measuring Wealth: Income Capitalization with Heterogeneous Rates of Return”.

[2] Ceraolo M., Iacono R. and Razzolini T., “Dual Income Taxation and Inequality”.

[1] Iacono R. and Smedsvik B., “Compulsory activation for young social assistance recipients: punitive policy or social investment?”

Book reviews:

[3] Iacono R. (2019), Review of "Capitalism, Alone" by Branko Milanovic. LSE Review of Books.

[2] Iacono R. (2019), Review of "Measuring Poverty around the World" by Tony Atkinson. LSE Review of Books.

[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.

Blog posts, interviews, op-eds:

2020-4-5. Op-ed, "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”.