Department of Economics

Dr Vito Polito

Dr Vito Polito

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies (Research)

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PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Macroeconomic policy and sovereign credit risk
  • Ageing and Social Security Sustainability
  • Labour Market, Unemployment insurance and Informal sector
  • Crime and job-search incentives
  • Wage gap and wage discrimination
  • Dynamic Programming, Applications to Monetary and Fiscal Policy

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Vito joined the Economics Department of the University of Bath as Senior Lecturer in October 2013.

He received his PhD in Economics from the University of York in 2009; and before coming to Bath he held posts of Doctoral Fellow at the University of York (2007-2008) and Lecturer in Economics at Cardiff University (2008-2013).

Vito was specialist tax consultant for the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2003 to 2008 and macroeconomic consultant for the London School of Economics (International Programmes) in 2008 and 2009.

Research interests

  • Economic applications of optimal control theory
  • Fiscal policy sustainability
  • Macro-finance models
  • Taxation of income from capital



Polito, V. and Spencer, P., 2016. Optimal control of heteroscedastic macroeconomic models. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31 (7), pp. 1430-1444.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2015. Sovereign credit ratings in the European Union:a model-based fiscal analysis. European Economic Review, 78, pp. 220-247.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2014. Modelling the U.S. sovereign credit rating. Journal of Banking and Finance, 46, pp. 202-218.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2014. How the euro crisis evolved and how to avoid another:EMU, fiscal policy and credit ratings. Journal of Macroeconomics, 39 (Part B), pp. 364-374.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2012. Optimal monetary policy using an unrestricted VAR. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 27 (4), pp. 525-553.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2012. A model-based indicator of the fiscal stance. European Economic Review, 56 (3), pp. 526-551.

Polito, V., 2012. Up or down? Capital income taxation in the United States and the United Kingdom. Finanzarchiv : Public Finance Analysis, 68 (1), pp. 48-82.

Polito, V. and Wickens, M., 2011. Assessing the fiscal stance in the European Union and the United States, 1970-2011. Economic Policy, 26 (68), pp. 599-647.

Polito, V., 2009. Measuring the effective tax burden in the real world. Fiscal Studies, 30 (2), pp. 247-278.

Conference or Workshop Items

Polito, V. and Long, I., 2015. Cash-in-Hand, Benefit Fraud and Unemployment Insurance.

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