Marita Laukkanen appointed as a research professor
Marita Laukkanen, a long-time chief researcher and research leader with the VATT Institute for Economic Research, has been appointed as a research professor. The decision on the change of position was made by the VATT leadership in September 2023. Laukkanen's work and responsibilities will remain the same.
"This is, of course, a new title, but also a step forward in my research career. It's nice to see that the work I've been doing for some time is being recognized," commented Marita Laukkanen on her appointment.
In September 2023, the leadership of VATT decided to appoint Marita Laukkanen, specializing in energy and climate issues, as a research professor at the research institute. According to the decision, Laukkanen possesses the qualifications of a professor. In addition to Laukkkanen, there are two other research professors at VATT, Tuomas Kosonen and Tomi Kyyrä.
In the media, Laukkanen is one of the most sought-after experts in climate policy. She is currently involved in several research projects.
"At the moment, I am studying the impact of carbon taxes on companies' energy use and competitiveness. I have also studied the effect on carbon taxes on fuel prices and how these effects have differed in different regions of Finland. My research topics also include the scrappage subsidy and how it has influenced the types of new cars people have purchased. Has the scrappage subsidy reduced emissions?" Laukkanen describes.
VATT's new research professor, Marita Laukkanen, is also a professor of practice in economics at Tampere University and a docent at the University of Helsinki. Her expertise comprices the assessment of the effects of energy and economic policies, the adoption of new technologies, and international climate cooperation.
Laukkanen has been working at VATT since 2010. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and has international work experience from the Italian Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei research center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Toulouse School of Economics. From 2016 to 2019, Marita Laukkanen was a member of the Finnish Climate Change Panel.