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  • Location-specific measures are needed to reduce emissions from transport

    Blog 29.9.2021

    Location-specific measures are needed to reduce emissions from transport

    In terms of climate policy goals, achieving emission reductions in the transport sector is in principle simple: combustion engine vehicles must be driven significantly less than at present. In rural areas emissions per household remain large, but total emissions are greatest in urban areas. Diffe...

  • Global minimum corporate tax and reform of taxing rights between countries

    Blog 6.7.2021 Jonatan Kanervo, Seppo Kari, Emma Tuomi and Marika Viertola

    Global minimum corporate tax and reform of taxing rights between countries

    The G7 countries reached preliminary agreement in June on a minimum corporate income tax and on a reform of how the taxing rights are distributed among countries. The G20 meeting in July will be more challenging. In the long term the change is unlikely to solve the problems of international corpo...

  • Spouses who work together - Evidence on relative income within households

    Blog 30.6.2021

    Spouses who work together - Evidence on relative income within households

    New research by Natalia Zinovyeva and Maryna Tverdostup examines why there are many more couples where men slightly out-earn women than couples in which women slightly out-earn men. Previous research has attributed this discrepancy to the existence of a ‘gender identity norm’ that prescribes a br...

  • Finland’s fuel tax does not particularly fall upon low-income households

    Blog 20.5.2021 Anna Sahari (VATT) ja Kimmo Palanne (VATT)

    Finland’s fuel tax does not particularly fall upon low-income households

    Emissions reduction targets in road transport are unlikely to be achieved without increasing the cost of driving for petrol and diesel-powered passenger cars. Fuel taxes are an effective means to reduce emissions and they do not particularly fall upon low-income households. Recycling tax revenue ...

  • Biodiversity loss is not visible in the indicators used in economic policy planning

    Blog 18.2.2021 Anni Huhtala (VATT)

    Biodiversity loss is not visible in the indicators used in economic policy planning

    The main message of the Dasgupta Review is that the economy does not exist separate from nature. The activities of people, households and companies are based on the management of assets. It causes problems that nature has not been considered an asset, capital goods, and a source of wealth in the ...

  • The Finnish welfare state succeeded well in softening the impact of the coronavirus crisis on low incomes and inequality

    Blog 20.1.2021 Tomi Kyyrä (VATT), Jukka Pirttilä (HY ja VATT) ja Terhi Ravaska (VATT)

    The Finnish welfare state succeeded well in softening the impact of the coronavirus crisis on low incomes and inequality

    Based on the up-to-date data of the Helsinki GSE Situation Room, we have been able to monitor the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and restriction measures on various groups of employees and companies. But what kind of an impact has the coronavirus crisis had on disposable income, low incomes ...

  • 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.