ECONPUBBLICA was founded in 1980 to promote the analysis of the economics of the public sector. The main research areas of the centre are: welfare state, taxation and fiscal federalism, gender economics and policies, income and wealth distribution, migration. ECONPUBBLICA develops independent academic research on these areas and it provides to both public and private institutions policy analysis and advice on issues related to the economics of the public sector. ECONPUBBLICA researchers publish their work in prestigious international journals and are involved in national and international research groups.
ECONPUBBLICA participated in various research programs promoted by Italian and international institutions like European Commission, World Bank, Italian Ministry of Finance, Italian Treasury, CONSOB (Italian Security and Exchange Commission), CNR (Italian National Council for Scientific Research), IRER (Regional Research Institute of Lombardia). ECONPUBBLICA also co-operates with other Italian and international research centres.
ECONPUBBLICA is a founding member of the International Network of Tax Research (INTR) which was launched in 2005 by a group of research institutions and the OECD. The INTR aims to promote a global view of tax issues and to encourage input from developing as well as developed countries in its research projects.
ECONPUBBLICA runs a working paper series to disseminate the results of its research, and a short notes series to contribute on hot issues in the policy debate.
Starting from August 2009, ECONPUBBLICA is hosting the editorial team for the Review of Income and Wealth for five years.