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I am an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. I am Managing Editor of the Journal of Income Distribution (JID) and Fellow of the World Inequality Database (WID.World). I am currently (academic year 2020-2021) Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Siena, Italy. In Autumn 2021, I will be Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

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 on Economics of the Welfare State, Social and Welfare Policy, and Quantitative Methods.

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.

You can find my updated CV here (short version) and here (long version). More details on my papers can be found here: IDEAS/RePEcGoogle Scholar.

Journal publications:

[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. 

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

[8] Iacono R. and M. Ranaldi (2020), "The Wage Curve across the Wealth Distribution", Economics Letters, Volume 196, November 2020, 109580. Coverage from VoxEU, Naked Capitalism.

[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.

[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

[3] Iacono R. and E. Palagi (2021), "A micro perspective on r > g", World Inequality Lab Working paper 2021/03. Coverage from VoxEU.

[2] 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. R&R Review of Income and Wealth.

[1] 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.

Book reviews:

[4] Faccio T. and R. Iacono (2021), "Corporate Income Taxation and Inequality". Forthcoming, Review of Income and Wealth.

[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, 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”.