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.
My latest research is at the intersection between Public Economics, Labor Economics and Political Economy, with a focus on (i) economic inequality and (ii) 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 Economics of the Welfare State, Social and Welfare Policy, Quantitative Methods.
Managing Editor of the Journal of Income Distribution (JID). 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). Member of the Scientific Committee of Tax Justice Italia.
 Iacono R. and M. Viccaro (2020), "The Basilicata Wealth Fund", Forthcoming, Scienze Regionali - Italian Journal of Regional Science.
 Iacono R. (2019), "The Norwegian Oil Bonanza and the Scandinavian Model in Comparative Perspective", Comparative Economic Studies, 61(1): 63-82. Preprint.
 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.
 Iacono R. (2018), “The Dutch Disease revisited: absorption constraint and learning by doing”, Portuguese Economic Journal, 17(1): 61-85. Preprint.
 Iacono R. (2017), “Minimum Income Schemes in Europe: is there a trade-off with activation policies?”, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies; 6:1.
 Iacono R. (2017), "A comparison of fiscal rules for resource-rich economies", Economic Analysis and Policy, 55: 179-193. Preprint.
 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.
 Iacono R. (2014), “On the interplay between intergenerational transfers and natural resources”, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, 12(2): 167-199.
 Faccio T. and Iacono R. (2020), "Global Tax In-Justice and Inequality: a review". Forthcoming Review of Income and Wealth.
 Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2020), "The Wage Curve across the Wealth Distribution", Stone Center Working Paper Series no. 19.
 Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2020), "Perceptions of Inequality and Redistribution: A Note", Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 19002, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1). R&R Journal of Economic Inequality.
 Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2020), "Poor laborers and rich capitalists? On the evolution of income composition inequality in Italy 1989-2016", Stone Center Working Paper Series no. 13. Under review.
 Iacono R. and E. Palagi (2020), "Still the lands of equality? On the heterogeneity of individual factor income shares in the Nordics". LIS working papers series - No. 791. Under review.
 Iacono R., McNamara C., and Oka Y. (2020), "Import shocks and health in US labor markets: the mediating role of social protection policies".
 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”.