Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Full Professor in Economic Policy, Vice Dean for Research, and Director of the Master in Public Policies and Administration at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Labor economics, public finance
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant to International Labour Office (ILO) and World Bank
Professor, Economics Department, University of Southampton, UK
PhD Economics, Stockholm University, 2007
“When the market drives you crazy: Stock market returns and fatal car accidents.” Journal of Health Economics 70 (2020) (with C. Giulietti and M. Vlassopoulos).
"Racial discrimination in local public services: A field experiment in the US.” Journal of the European Economic Association 17 (2019): 165–204 (with C. Giulietti and M. Vlassopoulos).
“Corporate philanthropy and productivity: Evidence from an online real effort experiment.” Management Science 61:8 (2015): 1795–1811 (with M. Vlassopoulos).
“Benefits conditional on work and the Nordic Model.” Journal of Public Economics 127 (2015): 115–126 (with A.-S. Kolm).
“Minimum wage and tax evasion: Theory and evidence.” Journal of Public Economics 95:11–12 (2011): 1635–1651.
Workers care about employers’ social causes, but the public sector does not attract particularly motivated employeesMirco Tonin, July 2020Employees are more willing to work and put effort in for an employer that genuinely promotes the greater good. Some are also willing to give up part of their compensation to contribute to a social cause they share. Being able to attract a motivated workforce is particularly important for the public sector, where performance is usually more difficult to measure, but this goal remains elusive. Paying people more or underlining the career opportunities (as opposed to the social aspects) associated with public sector jobs is instrumental in attracting a more productive workforce, while a proper selection process may mitigate the negative impact on intrinsic motivation.MoreLess