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  • Overhaul of international corporate taxation: A Finnish perspective

    Blog 25.6.2020 Seppo Kari, Ilpo Kauppinen, Olli Ropponen

    Overhaul of international corporate taxation: A Finnish perspective

    International corporate taxation is in need of an overhaul but none of the reform proposals made so far provides an entirely satisfactory solution to the problem. The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) proposed by the European Union would change the fundamentals of the international t...

  • Activation model made evaluating the basic income experiment more complicated – or did it?

    Blog 25.6.2020 Kari Hämäläinen, Jouko Verho

    Activation model made evaluating the basic income experiment more complicated – or did it?

    The activation model made interpreting the employment impacts of the basic income experiment more difficult, but does it really matter? In any case, few employment schemes have been evaluated with such accuracy: the employment impacts of basic income have been so small that it can never be the fi...

  • EU is dreaming of a green future but has little to show by way of cleantech innovations – which path will Finland take?

    Blog 2.6.2020 Anni Huhtala

    EU is dreaming of a green future but has little to show by way of cleantech innovations – which path will Finland take?

    The European Commission presented the European Green Deal in December last year. The programme was also discussed in the Finnish Parliament just before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. As the EU is planning pandemic rescue packages, it is worth recalling the Sustainable Europe investment...

  • Persistence of unemployment increases the costs of the economic crisis

    Blog 29.4.2020 Jouko Verho

    Persistence of unemployment increases the costs of the economic crisis

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused a global economic crisis. Now that the initial shock has passed, public debate has begun on the economic consequences of the crisis. It is clear that Finland is plunging into a recession, but it is yet to be determined how deep. Compared with the recession of t...

  • How will school closures impact learning and students' labour market outcomes?

    Blog 5.4.2020 Tuomas Pekkarinen

    How will school closures impact learning and students' labour market outcomes?

    The move to distance teaching may reduce teaching time or hinder the learning of non-cognitive skills necessary in the job market, writes Tuomas Pekkarinen.

  • Open letter by Joel Slemrod: Call for innovative research collaboration

    Blog 26.11.2019

    Open letter by Joel Slemrod: Call for innovative research collaboration

    In an open letter to Finnish audience, distinguished American tax economist professor Joel Slemrod commends the quality of Finnish research in public finance and research collaboration with Finnish authorities.

  • Rarely on offer: renewable energy on auction

    Blog 9.10.2018 Anni Huhtala

    Rarely on offer: renewable energy on auction

    Renewable energy subsidies are a major expenditure item in the Finnish state budget. But a change is now in the offing: the state will soon ask electricity producers to place bids, and the subsidies are allocated in a competitive tendering process, Anni Huhtala writes.

  • Ordinary or doughnut economics?

    Blog 12.6.2018 Anni Huhtala

    Ordinary or doughnut economics?

    If the relationship between the environment and economy is problematic, euphemisms will not make a difference, Anni Huhtala writes.

  • Natural resources aren’t a guarantee for growth

    Blog 11.4.2018 Anni Huhtala

    Natural resources aren’t a guarantee for growth

    Can natural resources end up being a curse on a country’s economic development? Economists have pondered this long and hard.

  • Inheritance tax is not a lone island

    Blog 23.3.2018 Essi Eerola

    Inheritance tax is not a lone island

    There is little point in considering its abolition of inheritance tax unless you suggest how the capital gains taxation should then be reformed, Essi Eerola writes.

  • Subsidies for buying cars are an expensive way to reduce traffic emissions

    Blog 19.3.2018 Anna Sahari

    Subsidies for buying cars are an expensive way to reduce traffic emissions

    Anna Sahari writes that subsidizing the price of fuel efficient cars increases their demand. Yet, the reduction in emissions is modest, as subsidies do not transfer preferences from large cars to smaller ones.

  • Entrepreneurial or innovation-friendly state?

    Blog 1.2.2018 Tuomas Takalo & Otto Toivanen

    Entrepreneurial or innovation-friendly state?

    The best mission for innovation policy might well be investments in basic education and research, Tuomas Takalo and Otto Toivanen argue.

  • Is environmental damage visible in a market economy?

    Blog 22.1.2018 Anni Huhtala

    Is environmental damage visible in a market economy?

    Climate change is the most severe environmental problem possible, and the international community is struggling with the necessity of avoiding the damage, Anni Huhtala writes.

  • Business subsidies in the hands of politicians

    Blog 20.11.2017 Anni Huhtala

    Business subsidies in the hands of politicians

    The impact of business subsidies must be assessed through the analysis of firm-level data that is extensive enough, writes Anni Huhtala. This allows us to discover which part of the impact is the result of the subsidising and which part derives from something else. Anecdotal evidence is not enough.

  • Should the top income tax rate be lowered?

    Blog 29.8.2017 Kaisa Kotakorpi and Tuomas Matikka

    Should the top income tax rate be lowered?

    The top income tax rate for earned income is not high enough in Finland that it would produce higher tax revenue if it was lowered, Kaisa Kotakorpi and Tuomas Matikka write in our blog.