Kaisa Kotakorpi is professor of economics at the University of Tampere and research professor in VATT's research group on social security, taxation and the distribution of income. Kotakorpi specializes in public economics, and taxation in particular. Her research deals with the evaluation of public policies and the impact of the tax and benefit system on the behaviour and wellbeing of citizens.

Kaisa Kotakorpi completed her doctoral degree in economics at the University of Tampere in 2007. Before joining VATT in September 2017, she has been professor of economics and vice head of the Department of Economics at the University of Turku. In 2014-2018, Kotakorpi was a member of Finland's Economic Policy Council.

Kotakorpi is a fellow of the CESifo research network. She spent a year as EDNET Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University.

Latest refereed articles

Hall, C., Kotakorpi, K., Liljeberg, L., and Pirttilä, J. (2022) Screening through Activation? Differential Effects of a Youth Activation Program. The Journal of Human Resources 57(3): 1033-1077.

Almunia, M., Harju, J., Kotakorpi, K., Tukiainen, J., and Verho, J. (2019). Expanding access to administrative data: the case of tax authorities in Finland and the UK. International Tax Public Finance 26, 661–676.

Kotakorpi, K., and Matikka, T. (2017) Revenue-maximizing top earned income tax rate in the presence of income-shifting, Nordic Tax Journal : 2017:1.

Kotakorpi, K., Poutvaara, P. and Terviö, M. (2017) Returns To Office in National and Local Politics: A Bootstrap Method and Evidence from Finland. Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 33(3): 413-442.

Haavio, M. and Kotakorpi, K. (2016) Sin Licenses Revisited. Journal of Public Economics, 144: 40-51.

Härkänen, T., Kotakorpi, K., Reinivuo, H., Pietinen, P., Suoniemi, I. and Pirttilä, J. (2014) The Welfare Effects of Health-Based Food Tax Policy. Food Policy, 49: 196-206.

Kotakorpi, K. and Poutvaara, P. (2011) Pay for Politicians and Candidate Selection: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Public Economics, 95: 877-885.

Haavio, M. and Kotakorpi, K. (2011) The Political Economy of Sin Taxes. European Economic Review, 55: 575-594.

Kotakorpi, K. and Laamanen, J-P. (2010) Welfare State and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Public Health Care. Economica, 77: 565–583.

Kotakorpi, K. (2009) Paternalism and tax competition. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 111: 125-149.

Kotakorpi, K. (2008) The incidence of sin taxes. Economics Letters, 98: 95-99.

Kotakorpi, K. (2006) Access price regulation, investment and entry in telecommunications. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 24: 1013-1020.

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