Latest Blogs

  • 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.