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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 Development.

I am also a coordinator of the Young Scholar Initiative (YSI) working group on Political Economy of Europe of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).  Visit my INET webpage

Journal publications:

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

[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.

[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.

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

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.

More details on my papers can be found here:


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Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Iacono, Roberto. (2015) Essays on the Macroeconomics of Natural Resources. 2015. ISBN 9788232607624.


  • Iacono, Roberto. (2017) The Nordic model and the oil nation. UiO Nordic 2017 . Universitet i Oslo; Oslo. 2017-03-20 - 2017-03-22.
  • Iacono, Roberto. (2016) The Nordic Model and the Oil Nation. EEA-ESEM European Economic Association 31st Annual Conference ; Geneve. 2016-08-22 - 2016-08-26.
  • Iacono, Roberto. (2015) No blessing, no curse? On the benefits of being a resource-rich southern region of Italy. Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015 . University of Oxford; Oxford. 2015-08-19 - 2015-08-22.
  • Iacono, Roberto. (2014) On the interplay between Intergenerational Transfers and Natural Resources. 2nd International PhD Meeting of Thessaloniki in Economics ; 2014-06-27 - 2014-06-28.
  • Iacono, Roberto. (2012) A comparison of fiscal rules for resource-rich economies. Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE) . Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Mannheim. 2012-04-26 - 2012-04-28.