Researcher introduction: Terhi Ravaska
We start our researcher introduction series with specialist researcher Terhi Ravaska. Read the text below to see what Terhi is working on.
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Who are you?
I’m economist Terhi Ravaska and I received my PhD from Tampere University in 2019. I have been a specialist researcher at VATT since 2020. I specialize in public finance, and I work in a team lead by Tuomas Matikka where we study welfare, taxation, and distribution of income.
What kind of research are you currently doing?
I’m finishing a study on the 2005 retirement reform. Our main result is that age limits regarding retirement have a strong guiding effect on retirement decisions. I’m also working on the Deaton Review-project lead by the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London. We are looking at how inequality has developed among the 17 countries included in the study. Marja Riihelä, Tuuli Paukkeri and I are responsible for the portion concerning Finland.
What type of research projects will you work on next?
I will continue studying retirement systems. I’m involved in the STN funded SustAgeable-consortium and the retirement research taking place there. We will for example continue studying the 2005 retirement reform by looking at how the reform impacted companies here in Finland.
Additionally, we have begun a Finnish Academy project lead by Essi Eerola and Tuomas Kosonen where we focus on the development and measuring of inequality. The project is also funded by the Finnish Centre of Exellence in Tax Systems Research. Currently I am gathering wealth and income data for the project.