• Coalition formation and political decision making: Evidence from Finnish municipal mergers 

      Saarimaa, Tuukka; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 19 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 20.12.2010)
      This paper analyzes empirically the coalition formation of local governments. We introduce a novel econometric strategy involving choice based sampling from a spatial network to allow for multi-partner mergers in our ...
    • The (Displacement) Effects of Spatially Targeted Enterprise Initiatives: Evidence from UK LEGI 

      Einiö, Elias; Overman, Henry
      VATT Working Papers : 71 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 07.03.2016)
      We investigate the impacts of a significant area-based intervention (LEGI) that aimed to increase employment and entrepreneurial activity in 30 disadvantaged areas across England. We examine the spatial pattern of effects ...
    • The Finnish payroll tax cut experiment revisited 

      Korkeamäki, Ossi
      VATT Working Papers : 22 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 13.04.2011)
      In this paper I evaluate the effects of a regional experiment that reduced payroll taxes by 3–6 percentage points of the firms' wage sum in northern and eastern Finland. I estimate the effect of the payroll tax reduction ...
    • Matching inefficiencies, regional disparities and unemployment 

      Hynninen, Sanna-Mari; Kangasharju, Aki; Pehkonen, Jaakko
      VATT Working Papers : 4 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 28.05.2009)
      In this paper we apply a stochastic frontier approach to examine how matching efficiency and regional differences in structural factors contribute to regional and aggregate unemployment. Our results suggest that there would ...
    • One or Two Tiers of Local Government? – The Cost Effects of a Regional Experiment 

      Moisio, Antti; Hämäläinen, Kari
      VATT Working Papers : 65 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 24.09.2015)
      This paper evaluates the cost effects of a Finnish regional self-government experiment. The experiment introduced a new intermediate tier of local administration that was given the responsibility to organize 60 per cent ...
    • Regionalization and its effects in Finland – a regional AGE modelling analysis 

      Honkatukia, Juha; Kinnunen, Jouko; Ahokas, Jussi; Simola, Antti; Tamminen, Saara
      VATT Working Papers : 45 (VATT Institute for Economic ResearchValtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus VATT, 10.04.2013)
      Regional structural change is currently among the greatest challenges facing the public sector in many EU countries. In countries like Finland, where the public sectors have a large role in providing educational, health ...