University of Salerno, Italy
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Public Economics, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
Shadow economy, informality, tax evasion, fiscal illusion, corruption, behavioral public economics
Associate Professor of Public Economics, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy; 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
“Corruption around the world: An analysis by partial least squares—structural equation modeling.” Public Choice 184 (2020): 327–350.
“A problem with observational equivalence: Disentangling the Renter Illusion Hypothesis.” Urban Studies 56:1 (2019): 193–209 (with J. Martinez-Vazquez).
“Tax morale, aversion to ethnic diversity, and decentralization.” European Journal of Political Economy 55 (2018): 204–223 (with A. Belmonte and D. Teobaldelli).
“Exploring the dark side of tax policy: An analysis of the interactions between fiscal illusion and the shadow economy.” Empirical Economics 54:4 (2018): 1609–1630 (with A. Buehn and F. Schneider).
“Inequality, informality, and credit market imperfections.” Macroeconomic Dynamics 22:5 (2018): 1184–1206.
A bidirectional relationship between informality and inequality exists; in transition and emerging countries, higher informality decreases inequalityRoberto Dell'Anno, April 2021Higher inequality reduces capital accumulation and increases the informal economy, which creates additional employment opportunities for low-skilled and deprived people. As a result, informal employment leads to beneficial effects on income distribution by providing sources of income for unemployed and marginalized workers. 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.MoreLess