Local public finance and provision of public services
Research in this area consists of public services such as health care, social services and education, as well as state and local public finance, local politics and housing.
Our research projects typically address the effects of public service policy reforms. In particular, we focus on the quality, productivity and effectiveness of public services.
We also have a joint research group on health economics together with the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics.
Current research topics include:
- the costs and benefits of health care information services: particularly the effectiveness of e-prescriptions
- early life environment and human capital formation
- learning outcomes and effectiveness of upper secondary schools.
- the effects of taxing and subsidizing housing
- housing policy and segregation
- voting, political choice and electoral systems.
- Study: Compulsory face mask policies do not affect community mobility
29.6.2020 Press release
- Longer patent durations are inefficient in promoting new drug development
20.5.2020 Press release
- Helsinki Economics of Crime Workshop postponed to Summer 2021
- Academic prestige abroad, trusted at home – international evaluation of the VATT Institute for Economic Research completed
14.2.2020 Press release
- Call for papers: Helsinki Economics of Crime Workshop 8.-9.6.2020