Mika Kortelainen is a professor of health economics at the University of Turku and a chief researcher at the VATT Institute for Economic Research, as well as a docent of economics at the University of Helsinki. Kortelainen’s specialities include health economics, economics of education and applied microeconomics. His ongoing research projects include studying the effectiveness of health care information systems, the impact of the dissolution of joint municipal health centre authorities and the choosing of schools.

Kortelainen has worked at VATT since 2011. Previously, he was a lecturer and an associate professor at the University of Manchester and a research fellow at the Aston Business School in Birmingham. He gained his PhD from the University of Joensuu in 2008. He has mentored and reviewed several theses in the field of economics.

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