University of Salerno, Italy
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor of Public Economics, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
Shadow economy, informality, tax evasion, fiscal illusion, behavioral public economics
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, 2012–2015; Assistant Professor of Public Economics, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy, 2006–2012
PhD Public Economics, University of Salerno, 2003
“Analyzing the determinants of the shadow economy with a ‘separate approach’. An application of the relationship between inequality and the shadow economy.” World Development 84 (2016): 342–356.
“Social exclusion and economic growth: An empirical investigation in European economies.” Review of Income and Wealth 61 (2015): 274–301 (with A. Amendola).
“Keeping both corruption and the shadow economy in check: The role of decentralisation.” International Tax and Public Finance 22 (2015): 1–40 (with D. Teobaldelli).
“The changing nature of the OECD shadow economy.” Journal of Evolutionary Economics 20:1 (2010): 19–48 (with M. Bovi).
“Tax evasion, tax morale and policy maker’s effectiveness.” Journal of Socio-Economics 38:6 (2009): 988–997.
Higher inequality decreases capital accumulation and increases informality, which, in turn, raises the income of the poorRoberto Dell'Anno, December 2016Higher inequality reduces capital accumulation and increases the informal economy, which creates additional employment opportunities for low-skilled and deprived people. Despite this positive feedback, informality raises problems for public finances and biases official statistics, reducing the effectiveness of redistributive policies. Policymakers should consider the links between inequality and informality because badly designed informality-reducing policies may increase inequality. However, convincing empirical evidence is still lacking and is usually limited to correlations rather than causal effects.MoreLess