Latest news and press releases

  • Three decades of research: International corporate taxation

    News 23.11.2020

    To celebrate VATT’s 30th anniversary we are publishing a series of texts presenting our core fields of research. In this fourth part of the series, we are focusing on our research in international corporate taxation.

  • Three decades of research: Energy and climate policy

    News 11.11.2020

    Three decades of research: Energy and climate policy

    To celebrate VATT’s 30th anniversary we are publishing a series of texts presenting our core fields of research. In this third part of the series, we are focusing on our research in energy and climate policy.

  • The early days of VATT: work behind the scenes of economic policy-making

    News 27.10.2020

    The early days of VATT: work behind the scenes of economic policy-making

    At the time of the 1970s economic crisis and the 1990s recession alike, unpopular political decisions could only be made once the policy-makers had their backs against the wall, and nothing much appears to have change since those days, says Seppo Leppänen. The long-serving Secretary General of th...

  • Study: Electronic prescribing improves quality of medical treatment

    Press release 26.10.2020

    Study: Electronic prescribing improves quality of medical treatment

    E-prescribing reduces the co-prescribing of harmful drug-combinations. This is according to a new study using comprehensive administrative data and the staggered introduction of a nationwide electronic prescribing system in Finland.

  • Looking to the 2020s: VATT conducts research of high international quality

    News 30.9.2020

    Looking to the 2020s: VATT conducts research of high international quality

    Anni Huhtala has served as Director General at VATT since 2015. During this period research indicators, which put particular emphasis on publication quality, have developed positively. "The Director General's task is to create an enabling framework for doing research," Huhtala describes her role ...

  • VAT cuts do not increase consumer purchasing power

    Press release 2.9.2020

    VAT cuts do not increase consumer purchasing power

    An empirical study published in the Journal of Political Economy finds that VAT cuts are less likely to be passed on to consumer prices than VAT hikes. Following a temporary VAT cut, prices can even be higher than on onset.

  • VATT in 2010s: More economist thinking in public debate

    News 9.7.2020

    VATT in 2010s: More economist thinking in public debate

    Juhana Vartiainen was working in Sweden as a civil servant, before he became the director general of VATT. He returned to Finland, because he felt it was his duty to alert Finns of the dangers of the widening sustainability gap. “The same way doctors defend vaccinations, economists must be ready ...

  • Three decades of research: Housing subsidies and taxes

    News 8.7.2020

    Three decades of research: Housing subsidies and taxes

    To celebrate VATT’s 30th anniversary we are publishing a series of texts presenting our core fields of research. In this second part of the series, we are focusing on our research into housing subsidies and taxes.

  • Study: Compulsory face mask policies do not affect community mobility

    Press release 29.6.2020

    Study: Compulsory face mask policies do not affect community mobility

    The requirement to wear face masks reduced people's mobility somewhat in the short term, whereas over a longer time period, the policy did not affect mobility. This is the finding of a recent study on the impacts of compulsory face mask policies on community mobility in Germany.

  • Study: Job displacement increases mortality risk

    Press release 9.6.2020

    Study: Job displacement increases mortality risk

    Job displacement because of a plant closure substantially increases the mortality risk of the displaced workers and their partners. This is the conclusion presented in a recent study on employees laid off during the 1990s recession and their families.

  • Longer patent durations are inefficient in promoting new drug development

    Press release 20.5.2020

    Longer patent durations are inefficient in promoting new drug development

    Longer patent durations are an inefficient way to promote the development of new drugs, since it also increases incentives for challenging patents, a new study finds. The results suggest that pharmaceutical patents should be made shorter, but broader.

  • VATT in the 2000s: New researcher generation and academic ambition

    News 15.5.2020

    VATT in the 2000s: New researcher generation and academic ambition

    Aki Kangasharju worked as a research director at VATT for ten years in the 2000s and for a year as the director general. “The most important thing about leading a research institute is finding a good balance between scientific credibility, supporting political decision-making and participating in...

  • Results of the basic income experiment: small employment effects, better perceived economic security and mental wellbeing

    News 6.5.2020

    Results of the basic income experiment: small employment effects, better perceived economic security and mental wellbeing

    The employment effects of the basic income experiment were small and their interpretation is complicated by the introduction of the activation model in 2018. The evaluation of employment effects of the experiment was carried out by VATT.

  • Helsinki Economics of Crime Workshop postponed to Summer 2021

    News 14.4.2020

    Helsinki Economics of Crime Workshop postponed to Summer 2021

    We regret to announce we must postpone the Helsinki Economics of Crime Workshop to Summer 2021. We will announce details for next year's event as soon as possible.

  • 30 years of Economics of Education

    News 18.3.2020

    30 years of Economics of Education

    To celebrate VATT’s 30th anniversary we are publishing a series of texts presenting our core fields of research. The first field to be presented is Education Research.