Kristiina Huttunen is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Aalto University and Research Professor at VATT. She specialises in labour economics. Her research covers a broad spectrum of how various economic shocks – such as job loss – effects worker’s careers, and their decisions on whether to have children or to relocate. Other areas of her research include the effects that child home care allowances have on mothers’ careers and children’s development, as well as the impact that entry to post-compulsory education has on a young person’s risk of exclusion and criminality.

Prior to VATT Kristiina was at the Aalto University School of Economics where she worked as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow (since 2014) and as post-doctoral researcher (2011-2014). She has also worked as Senior Researcher at the Labour Institute for Economic Research (2007-2010) and, before that, as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Economics in Uppsala University (2005-2007).

Kristiina gained her PhD in Economics from the University of Helsinki in 2005. She has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more recently, a visiting lecturer at the University College London and CReAM. Kristiina is also research fellow in the IZA research network.

Selected articles

Kristiina Huttunen, Tuomas Pekkarinen, Roope Uusitalo, Hanna Virtanen (2023). Lost boys? Secondary education and crime. Journal of Public Economics. Volume 218. Open Access.

Peter Fredriksson, Kristiina Huttunen, Björn Öckert (2022). School starting age, maternal age at birth, and child outcomes. Journal of Health Economics, Volume 84, 2022.

Huttunen, K., Pesola, H. (2022). COVID-19 and labour market outcomes by gender in Finland. Nordic Economic Policy Review 2022: COVID-19 Effects on the Economy in the Nordics.

Kristiina Huttunen and Stefano Lombardi (2021) Mortality inequality in Finland, Fiscal Studies, Volume 42, Issue 1. Special Issue on the Evolution of Mortality Inequality in 11 OECD Countries, 1990–2018: A Geographical Approach.

Hannes Schwandt, Janet Currie, Marlies Bär, James Banks, Paola Bertoli, Aline Bütikofer, Sarah Cattan, Beatrice Zong-Ying Chao, Claudia Costa, Libertad Gonzalez, Veronica Grembi, Kristiina Huttunen, René Karadakic, Lucy Kraftman, Sonya Krutikova, Stefano Lombardi, Peter Redler, Carlos Riumallo-Herl, Ana Rodríguez-González, Kjell Salvanes, Paula Santana, Josselin Thuilliez, Eddy van Doorslaer, Tom Van Ourti, Joachim Winter, Bram Wouterse, and Amelie Wuppermann (2021) Inequality in mortality between Black and White Americans by age, place, and cause and in comparison to Europe, 1990 to 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 118(40).

Huttunen, K., Møen, J. and Salvanes, K. G. (2018) Job Loss and Regional Mobility Journal of Labor Economics, 36(2): 479-500.

Huttunen, K. and Kellokumpu, J. (2016) The Effect of Job Displacement on Couples' Fertility Decisions Journal of Labor Economics, 34(2): 403-442.

Huttunen, K., Pirttilä, J. and Uusitalo, R. (2013) The Employment Effects of Low-Wage Subsidies Journal of Public Economics, 97: 49-60.

Huttunen, K., Møen, J. and Salvanes, K. G (2011) How Destructive Is Creative Destruction? Effects Of Job Loss On Job Mobility, Withdrawal And Income Journal of the European Economic Association, 9(5): 840-870.

Huttunen, K. (2007) The Effect of Foreign Acquisition on Employment and Wages: Evidence from Finnish Establishments The Review of Economics and Statistics, 89(3): 497-509.