Labor Economics

  • How does an increase in unemployment benefits affect the length of unemployment?
  • How does child care support affect the decision of mothers take a job?
  • Are minorities discriminated in the labor market?
  • Does more education reduce crime?
  • How to best integrate immigrants?
Data visualization

Labor economics seeks to answer questions such as those above. More generally, labor economists study the functioning of labor markets, and how different regulations affect labor market outcomes, such as the number and type of people employed, the wages they earn, and the kind of jobs they get.

The academically most interesting questions in labor economics are almost invariably also highly relevant from a policy perspective. Modern labor economists use increasingly detailed and large data sets, conduct randomized controlled trials, and employ sophisticated econometric tools to provide answers to causal questions.



  • Tuuli Tähtinen EUI

    Populism and Ideological Convergence: Evidence from a Multiparty System

    Labor & Public Economics PhD Seminar
  • Janne Tukiainen VATT

    The Effect of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Voting Participation: Evidence from the Finnish Basic Income Experiment

    Labor & Public Economics Seminar