• School tracking and development of cognitive skills 

      Pekkarinen, Tuomas; Uusitalo, Roope; Kerr, Sari
      VATT Working Papers : 2 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 30.03.2009)
      The Finnish comprehensive school reform replaced the old two-track school system with a uniform nine-year comprehensive school and significantly reduced the degree of heterogeneity in the Finnish primary and secondary ...
    • Screening through Activation? Differential Effects of a Youth Activation Programme 

      Hall, Caroline; Kotakorpi, Kaisa; Liljeberg, Linus; Pirttilä, Jukka
      VATT Working Papers : 101 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 19.12.2017)
      We study the dual role of active labour market policies: First, ALMP may perform a screening role by increasing the incentives for job search especially among individuals with good labour market prospects, already prior ...
    • Seat competitiveness and redistricting: Evidence from voting on municipal mergers 

      Tukiainen, Janne; Saarimaa, Tuukka; Hyytinen, Ari
      VATT Working Papers : 38 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 24.03.2013)
      We analyze how (anticipated) changes in the competitiveness of the seats of municipal councilors affect their voting behavior over municipal mergers. The competitiveness of the seats changes because the merger changes the ...
    • Self-Selection of Emigrants: Theory and Evidence on Stochastic Dominance in Observable and Unobservable Characteristics 

      Borjas, George J.; Kauppinen, Ilpo; Poutvaara, Panu
      VATT Working Papers : 67 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 19.04.2016)
      We show that the Roy model has more precise predictions about the self-selection of migrants than previously realized. The same conditions that have been shown to result in positive or negative selection in terms of expected ...
    • Short-run and long-run food import elasticities with persistent trading habits 

      Niemi, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 111 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 17.12.2018)
      This paper provides estimates and explores the role of own price import demand (Armington) elasticities between different source countries for five agricultural commodities in a framework that incorporates temporal dimension ...
    • Slipping through the Cracks of a Welfare State: Children of Immigrants in Finland 

      Sarvimäki, Matti; Ansala, Laura; Hämäläinen, Ulla
      VATT Working Papers : 72 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 22.03.2016)
      We document large differences in educational attainment, criminal sentences and use of psychotropic medication between the children of immigrants and natives living in Finland. Among the offspring of immigrants from the ...
    • Subsidy Bidding Wars and the Structure of Multi-Plant Firms 

      Lapointe, Simon; Morand, Pierre-Henri
      VATT Working Papers : 115 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 22.01.2019)
      Governments spend large amounts of money to attract firms to their territory, often resulting from bidding wars against other regions. Previous papers show that such bidding wars can improve social welfare by allocating ...
    • Targeted Funding, Immigrant Background, and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Helsinki's “Positive Discrimination” Policy 

      Silliman, Mikko
      VATT Working Papers : 91 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 18.08.2017)
      I estimate the impact of a targeted funding policy that provides disadvantaged schools in Helsinki with extra resources for hiring additional staff. Using a differences-in-differences strategy, I identify significant ...
    • Tax competition among local governments: evidence from a property tax reform in Finland 

      Lyytikäinen, Teemu
      VATT Working Papers : 26 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 31.08.2011)
      This paper uses a Finnish policy intervention to study tax competition among local governments. Changes in the statutory lower limits to the property tax rates are used as a source of exogenous variation to estimate the ...
    • Taxable Income Elasticity and the Anatomy of Behavioral Response: Evidence from Finland 

      Matikka, Tuomas
      VATT Working Papers : 55 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 11.02.2014)
      This paper uses extensive Finnish panel data from 1995–2007 to analyze the elasticity of taxable income (ETI). I use individual changes in flat municipal income tax rates as an instrument for the overall changes in marginal ...
    • Technological changes, wage inequality and skill premiums: Evidence over three centuries 

      Ojala, Jari; Pehkonen, Jaakko
      VATT Working Papers : 5 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 10.06.2009)
      This study analyses the evolution of wages and occupational composition of labour over three centuries, from 1755 to 1914, using worker-workplace data. The data from one industry offers a unique view on long-term trends ...
    • The Effect of Relative School Starting Age on Having an Individualized Curriculum in Finland 

      Kivinen, Aapo
      VATT Working Papers : 104 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 08.02.2018)
      In Finland, a child in special education receives an individualized curriculum when standard support does not suffice. One factor that may have an impact on the assignment of an individualized curriculum is the relative ...
    • The Effects of Relative School Starting Age on Educational Outcomes in Finland 

      Kaila, Martti
      VATT Working Papers : 84 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 21.04.2017)
      In Finland, children start school during the calendar year they turn seven years old. This creates a discontinuous jump in school starting age. I utilize a regression discontinuity design and rich register data to study ...
    • The effects of tax-deductible reserves on investment incentives 

      Kari, Seppo
      VATT Working Papers : 93 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 18.08.2017)
      This paper investigates how tax-deductible reserves affect the incentive to invest. We consider two different variants: a periodization reserve (PER), which allows the firm to defer tax payments for a certain number of ...
    • The effects of UI benefits on unemployment and subsequent outcomes: Evidence from a kinked benefit rule 

      Kyyrä, Tomi; Pesola, Hanna
      VATT Working Papers : 82 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 12.12.2016)
      This paper analyzes the effects of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on unemployment exits and subsequent labor market outcomes. We exploit a piecewise linear relationship between the previous wage and UI benefits in ...
    • The intergenerational effects of parental higher education: Evidence from changes in university accessibility 

      Suhonen, Tuomo; Karhunen, Hannu
      VATT Working Papers : 100 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 08.12.2017)
      We examine the causal effect of parental higher education on their offspring’s education, using quasi-experimental variation from the significant regional convergence in parents’ access to university occurring in Finland ...
    • The local economic impacts of regeneration projects: Evidence from UK’s Single Regeneration Budget 

      Gibbons, Steve; Overman, Henry; Sarvimäki, Matti
      VATT Working Papers : 92 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 15.08.2017)
      We study the local economic impacts of a major regeneration programme aimed at enhancing the quality of life of local people in deprived neighbourhoods in the UK. The analysis is based on a panel of firm and area level ...
    • The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Graduating During a Recession: Evidence from Finland 

      Päällysaho, Miika Matias
      VATT Working Papers : 96 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 05.10.2017)
      This paper uses matched employer-employee panel data on university graduates who obtained a Master’s degree in 1988–2004 to study how facing adverse economic conditions upon graduation affects short- and long-term labor ...
    • The spike at benefit exhaustion in the Finnish labor market 

      Kyyrä, Tomi; Pesola, Hanna; Verho, Jouko
      VATT Working Papers : 86 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 31.05.2017)
      Many studies have found that the exit rate from unemployment increases in the vicinity of the exhaustion day of unemployment insurance benefits. The extent to which this spike is driven by job search behavior is important ...
    • The timing of puberty and gender differences in educational achievement 

      Koerselman, Kristian; Pekkarinen, Tuomas
      VATT Working Papers : 97 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 11.10.2017)
      In this paper, we study the effect of the timing of puberty on educational achievement and examine to what extent the gender differences in the timing of puberty can explain gender differences in achievement. We use British ...