Public Economics

What is the right level of tax progression? What are the consequences of basic income? How should universities be financed? What is the right way to support poor people? How should the pension system be financed? How limiting are the external constraints on public finance? What is the degree of inequality in Finland? Should local communities be supported by the government and if yes, how? How should usage of common goods such as natural resources be regulated?

Public Economics Research Group

Public economics provides a framework for thinking about the planner’s or the government’s intervention to the market. To this end, microeconomic models are used to assess how various market failures, inefficiencies, and inequalities can be corrected.

Much of modern public economics is related to inequality. The market economy does not necessarily produce a socially desirable distribution of income, and government intervention is again needed. Public economics research can inform policy discussion about the impacts of inequalities, how effective public policies are in reducing them, and how policymakers can address possible tradeoffs between economic efficiency and distributional equity.

At the core of public economic analysis are various policy measures, including taxes, provision of public goods, and regulatory actions. Research in contemporary public economics is increasingly empirical.  Impact evaluation methods and sufficient statistics approaches are used to attempt to credibly estimate the impact of policy instruments and reforms on taxpayer and individual behavior.

Members
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Jukka Pirttilä

Chair of the group, Professor
jukka.pirttila at helsinki.fi

Kwabena Adu-Ababio

Member, PhD student
kwabena.adu-ababio at helsinki.fi

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Marja-Liisa Halko

Member, University Lecturer
marja-liisa.halko at helsinki.fi

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Kristiina Huttunen

Member, Research Professor
kristiina.huttunen at vatt.fi
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Arttu Kahelin

Member, PhD student
arttu.kahelin at aalto.fi

AK
Arttu Kauhanen

Member, PhD student
arttu.kauhanen at helsinki.fi

EK
Eugen Koev

Member, PhD student
evgenii.koev at helsinki.fi

AK
Aliisa Koivisto

Member, PhD student
aliisa.koivisto at helsinki.fi

KK
Kaisa Kotakorpi

Member, Research Professor
kaisa.kotakorpi at vatt.fi

Anustup Kundu

Member, PhD student
anustup.kundu at helsinki.fi
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Matti Liski

Member, Professor
matti.liski at aalto.fi

JM
Juuso Mäkinen

Member, PhD student
juuso.p.makinen at aalto.fi

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Topi Miettinen

Member, Professor
topi.miettinen at hanken.fi

KP
Kimmo Palanne

Member, PhD student
kimmo.palanne at aalto.fi

TP
Tuomas Pekkarinen

Member, Research Professor
tuomas.pekkarinen at vatt.fi
Homepage

TS
Tuukka Saarimaa

Member, Professor
tuukka.saarimaa at aalto.fi
Homepage

RU
Roope Uusitalo

Member, Professor
roope.uusitalo at helsinki.fi

Helsinki GSE