University of Turin, Italy, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Turin, Italy
Empirical public economics, empirical optimal taxation, design of income support mechanisms, microeconometrics, microsimulation
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant for a microsimulation project (Ministry of Economics and Finance): 2005–2012; Member of a research team on tax-benefit reform (Ministry of Economics and Finance): 2007–2008
Professor of Economics, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy (1991–1993); Professor of Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy (1988–1990)
PhD Economics, London School of Economics, 1985
“Labour supply models.” In: O’Donoghue, C. (ed.). Handbook of Microsimulation Modelling (Contributions to Economic Analysis Series Vol. 293). Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2014; pp. 167–221 (with R. Aaberge).
“Designing optimal taxes with a microeconometric model of household labour supply.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 115:2 (2013): 449–475 (with R. Aaberge).
“Accounting for family background when designing optimal income taxes: A microeconometric simulation analysis.” Journal of Population Economics 25:2 (2012): 741–761 (with R. Aaberge).
“Do more equal slices shrink the cake? An empirical investigation of tax-transfer reform proposals in Italy.” Journal of Population Economics 17:4 (2004): 767–785 (with R. Aaberge and S. Strøm).
“Labour supply in Italy: An empirical analysis of joint household decisions, with taxes and quantity constraints.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 14:4 (1999): 403–422 (with R. Aaberge and S. Strøm).
Countries give basic education and health care to everyone, and for good reasons—why not basic income?Ugo Colombino, February 2015Automation and globalization have brought about a tremendous increase in productivity, but also accelerated job destruction, systemic risks, and greater income inequality. Current social policies may not be adequate for achieving the goals of redistributing the gains from automation and globalization, providing efficient buffers against economic shocks, and advancing the reallocation of jobs and skills. Under certain circumstances, an unconditional basic income might be a better alternative for achieving those goals. It is simple, transparent, and has low administrative costs, though it may require higher taxes.MoreLess