I’m just starting to put all the data in right now. Italy, with the first-pass at policy positions, and adjusting to get the GDP, debt and deficit and population data all correct gives me this as the default screen:
Slightly annoying to see organized crime not too bad, and I know the situation IS bad, so I need to check what inputs could be adjusted there.
The country looks a bit too liberal to me:
But maybe about right for socialist/capitalist?
A big thing in Italy is bureaucracy and the phenomena of rampant tax evasion, but I’m not sure how to reflect this without shoehorning in a cultural adjustment that just makes tax evasion more likely for Italians, which seems a bit of a kludge…
The financial situation is pretty dire, due to a huge debt and poor credit rating:
Anyway… feedback from Italians, or people with a lot of experience of Italy most welcome. The country is not in the game yet, this is my initial balancing. What special aspects of Italian economics and culture will be essential to accurate modeling?
Like a number of Mediterranean countries, it seems that our research keeps encountering ‘this is the law/tax… but its mostly ignored’ which is a real pain from a technical modelling perspective!