Labour markets and education

VATT researches labour market and education policy issues, immigration and integration. We aim to explore how the education system can be made to work better for all, and how to increase the number of people in the labour market.

The research theme’s multiyear and multidisciplinary My Path project is about preventing the marginalization of young people. Several VATT researchers are involved in this project, which identifies the mechanisms of marginalization, researches the long-term effects of dropping out from school and assesses the success of previous policy reforms. The objective is to develop a programme based on research data to facilitate the transition of young people from primary school to secondary education.

Education, skills and future working life are among our key research subjects. Topics that we are currently focusing on include how globalization is affecting the demand for skills, supply and demand for graduate skills, and immigrants in the Finnish labour market and education system.

Our labour market research centres on evaluating the impact of unemployment benefit and various policy reforms promoting employment. Our research topics include the period of work condition of earnings-related unemployment benefits, how income security allowances affect the duration of unemployment, employment programme supplements and the youth guarantee.

As regards immigration and integration, we are currently researching the multi-generational effects of integration plans and how the children of immigrants cope.

VATT has strong expertise in the planning and scientific evaluation of social experiments. This is topical at the moment as Finland is planning major reforms involving experiments. Our researchers had a key role in planning the experimental design and survey sample of Finland's basic income experiment 2017-2018, and will participate in the ongoing evaluation study of it.

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