Labour markets and education
VATT researches labour market and education policy issues, immigration and integration. We aim to explore how the education system can be made to work better for all, and how to increase the number of people in the labour market.
The research theme’s multiyear and multidisciplinary My Path project is about preventing the marginalization of young people. Several VATT researchers are involved in this project, which identifies the mechanisms of marginalization, researches the long-term effects of dropping out from school and assesses the success of previous policy reforms. The objective is to develop a programme based on research data to facilitate the transition of young people from primary school to secondary education.
Education, skills and future working life are among our key research subjects. Topics that we are currently focusing on include how globalization is affecting the demand for skills, supply and demand for graduate skills, and immigrants in the Finnish labour market and education system.
Our labour market research centres on evaluating the impact of unemployment benefit and various policy reforms promoting employment. Our research topics include the period of work condition of earnings-related unemployment benefits, how income security allowances affect the duration of unemployment, employment programme supplements and the youth guarantee.
As regards immigration and integration, we are currently researching the multi-generational effects of integration plans and how the children of immigrants cope.
VATT has strong expertise in the planning and scientific evaluation of social experiments. This is topical at the moment as Finland is planning major reforms involving experiments. Our researchers have had a key role in planning the experimental design and survey sample of Finland's basic income experiment 2017-2018.
- Targeted Funding, Immigrant Background, and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Helsinki's “Positive Discrimination” Policy
- The local economic impacts of regeneration projects: Evidence from UK’s Single Regeneration Budget
- Long-term effects of extended unemployment benefits for older workers
- Estimating the effects of potential benefit duration without variation in the maximum duration of unemployment benefits
- The spike at benefit exhaustion in the Finnish labor market
- Students in Helsinki benefit from positive discrimination funding
18.8.2017 Press release
- Younger cohorts of conscripts are increasingly sociable
5.6.2017 Press release
- Students born just after New Year perform better
21.4.2017 Press release
- Emigrants from Nordic countries are more highly educated and have higher earnings than the rest of the population
19.4.2016 Press release