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6th Shadow Economy Conference

Tax Evasion and Economic Inequality

July 11-13, 2019





Most taxation systems imply a redistribution of resources aimed at reducing economic inequality in the society.

Tax evasion represents a major source of inequality, irrespective of the redistribution goal in a country.

The 6th edition of the Shadow Economy Conference will investigate the extent to which fiscal policies deter tax evasion and the impact that fiscal policies have on social equity and perceived fairness.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the behavioural determinants of tax compliance as well as the role of institutions and norms.

The organizers invite scholars from any field of social sciences (economics, psychology, sociology, etc.) as well as practitioners to submit their research.

A list of potential topics includes, but is not limited to, the impact of tax reforms, the role of taxpayers’ fiscal literacy, the comparisons of different tax systems, the simplification processes of tax collection.


May 1st, 2019: Extended abstract submission
May 15th, 2019 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE): Extended abstract submission
May 20th, 2019: Notification of acceptance
June 1st, 2019: Early bird registration
June 30th, 2019: Regular registration


Prospective contributors are invited to submit extended abstracts (2-3 pages long) to the organizers by May 15th, 2019 (extended deadline).
The conference welcomes theoretical, empirical, experimental, etc. submissions on any topic related to tax evasion and economic inequality.
Extended Abstracts should be submitted electronically (PDF format only) following the online registration (Registration section).


May 20th, 2019: notification of acceptance.


Registration for presenters and non presenters is now open.
Deadline for online registration: 

  • Early bird: June 1st, 2019
  • Regular: June 30th, 2019

The participation fee (for presenters and non presenters) is:

  • Early bird Regular - 250 € 
  • Early bird PhD student - 130 € 
  • Regular - 400 €
  • PhD student - 220 €
  • Social dinner: 50 €

The participation fee includes the admission to all sessions of the conference, the conference material, coffee breaks, lunches and the social program.

The fee for accompanying persons is 150 € and it covers the conference dinner and the social program.

NOTICE: if you belong to an Italian Public Institution which is in charge to pay your registration fee, you are required to download the form Modulo Enti Pubblici Ita  (Doc | 111KB) and upload it duly filled out in your application online.

Online registration

Program and keynote speakers

Keynote speakers
  • James Alm (Tulane University, USA)
  • Paolo Valerio Barbantini (Italian Revenue Agency)
  • Erich Kirchler (University of Vienna, Austria)


Thursday, July 11, 2019

From 08:00 Registration (also available in the other days)
08:45 - 09:15 Opening remarks
09:15 - 10:30 Keynote talk 1
10.30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel sessions 1, 2
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions 3, 4
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel sessions 5, 6, 7

Friday, July 12, 2019

08:45 - 10:15 Parallel sessions 8, 9
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 Keynote talk 2
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Parallel sessions 10, 11
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30 Parallel sessions 12, 13, 14

17:00 - 19:00 Historical tour of Trento
19:00 - 23:00 Social dinner

Saturday, July 13, 2019

08:45 - 10:15 Parallel sessions 15, 16, 17
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 Keynote talk 3
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

Download the detailed program (PDF | 1294 KB)


The conference will take place at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of University of Trento, via Verdi 26, Trento (Italy).

Trento is the biggest city and the capital of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Trentino), located in the north-east of Italy, a short distance from Austria and Switzerland.

Thanks to its position, the Trentino region has always been a meeting point between the Mediterranean world and Central Europe.

The University of Trento, founded in 1962, counts more than 16,000 students and about 600 professors and researchers among its ten departments and four research centres.


By plane

The nearest major airport is Verona Valerio Catullo (90 km). Every 20 minutes, shuttle buses connect the airport to the Verona Porta Nuova train station (main Verona station). From there, the train takes about one hour to reach Trento.

Other convenient airports are:

  • Brescia Montichiari (160 Km)
  • Venezia Marco Polo (173 Km)
  • Innsbruck (176 km)
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio (180 Km)
  • Milano-Linate airport (226 Km)
  • Milano-Malpensa airport (264 Km)

By Train

For train tickets, please visit the Italian primary train operator at Trenitalia
Other foreign companies that travel to Trento are Deutsche Bahn and OBB

By Car

If you are reaching Trento from the north, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO NORD exit.
If you are reaching Trento from the south, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO SUD exit.


Trento has special agreements with local Hotels and B&B to grant keen rates to the Congress' participants. Please find in the enclosed lists 2018 fees. Please notice that the mentioned rates can be granted according to the availability and only with personally contacting the hotel for booking.


Organizing Committee
  • Sandro Casal (University of Trento)
  • Marco Faillo (University of Trento)
  • Luigi Mittone (University of Trento)
  • Azzurra Morreale (Lappeenranta Technology University)
  • Matteo Ploner (University of Trento)
Scientific Committee
  • James Alm (Tulane University, USA)
  • Cécile Bazart (University of Montpellier, France)
  • Michele Bernasconi (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
  • Erich Kirchler (Univeristy of Vienna, Austria)
  • Luigi Mittone (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Alessandro Santoro (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Marie Claire Villeval (University of Lyon, France)