• Effects of Municipal Mergers on Voter Turnout 

      Lapointe, Simon; Saarimaa, Tuukka; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 106 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 28.03.2018)
      We study the effects of municipal mergers on voter turnout in a difference-in-differences framework, using data from a wave of municipal mergers in Finland in 2009. Analysing two pre-merger elections and three post-merger ...
    • Local representation and strategic voting: Evidence from electoral boundary reforms 

      Saarimaa, Tuukka; Tukiainen, Janne
      European Journal of Political Economy (Elsevier, 2016)
      We analyze whether voters value local political representation by exploiting municipal mergers, which increase the number of candidates available to voters and intensify political competition. In the Finnish open-list ...
    • Open or Closed? How List Type Affects Electoral Performance, Candidate Selection, and Campaign Effort 

      Hangartner, Dominik; Ruiz, Nelson A.; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 120 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 12.07.2019)
      What effect does using open (as opposed to closed) lists in proportional representation elections have on party performance and the quality of candidate selection? We provide novel evidence by studying local elections in ...
    • Political Representation and Effects of Municipal Mergers 

      Harjunen, Oskari; Saarimaa, Tuukka; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 98 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 18.10.2017)
      We study the effects of municipal mergers using novel geocoded data on public sector jobs, housing transactions and local politicians’ place of residence. We find that total municipal expenditures evolve in the same way ...
    • Public Procurement versus Laissez-Faire: Evidence from Household Waste Collection 

      Meriläinen, Jaakko; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 113 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 20.12.2018)
      We document that switching from laissez-faire production to public procurement in residential waste collection in Finland reduces the number of firms active in the local market, but induces a statistically significant and ...
    • Public Procurement versus Laissez-Faire: Evidence from Household Waste Collection 

      Meriläinen, Jaakko; Tukiainen, Janne
      CESifo Economic Studies : forthcoming (Oxford University Press, 2019)
      We document that switching from laissez-faire production to public procurement in residential waste collection in Finland reduces the number of firms active in the local market, but induces a statistically significant and ...
    • Victorian Voting: Party Orientation and Class Alignment Revisited 

      Dewan, Torun; Meriläinen, Jaakko; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 103 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 29.01.2018)
      Much of what we know about the alignment of voters with parties comes from mass surveys of the electorate in the postwar period or from aggregate electoral data. Using individual elector level panel data from the 19th ...
    • Victorian Voting: The Origins of Party Orientation and Class Alignment 

      Dewan, Torun; Meriläinen, Jaakko; Tukiainen, Janne
      VATT Working Papers : 121 (Valtion taloudellinen tutkimuskeskus, 08 / 2019)
      Much of what we know about the alignment of voters with parties comes from mass surveys of the electorate in the postwar period or from aggregate electoral data. Using individual elector level panel data from 19th-century ...