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.
Essi Eerola, research director
Marja-Liisa Halko, university lecturer
Anni Huhtala, director general
Kristiina Huttunen, research professor
Kaisa Kotakorpi, research professor
Matti Liski, professor
Topi Miettinen, professor
Tuomas Pekkarinen, research professor
Jukka Pirttilä, professor, Chair of the group
Tuukka Saarimaa, assistant professor
Janne Tukiainen, associate research professor
Roope Uusitalo, professor
Anustup Kundu, PhD student
Lauro Carnicelli, PhD student
Aliisa Koivisto, PhD student
Caroline Schimanski, PhD student
Mats Ekman, PhD student
Tuomas Nurminen, PhD student
Empirical analyses of taxation, especially taxation of labor income and housing taxes
Pension policies and life-cycle earnings distribution
Impacts of schooling reforms and early-life policies on various outcomes
Optimal income taxation
Economic analyses of energy policies
Tax and development
Public Economics Research Group organizes jointly with Labor Economics Research Group a biweekly seminar on Tuesdays. VATT seminar on Thursdays covers frequently topics related to group activities.
Labor and Public PhD Student Workshop
17.5.2019 Fri (place will be announced later)