Tuomas Pekkarinen

Tuomas Pekkarinen

Research Professor, Research Leader, PhD

Research areas: education and training education choices labour markets

Ongoing projects: Preventing Social Exclusion Social Mobility in Nordic Countries The Use of Pay for Performance Schemes


Tel. +358 295 519 465

Tuomas Pekkarinen is research professor and research leader in the labour markets and education research area. His recent research has dealt with the effects of education policy reforms on social mobility and learning outcomes. 

Alongside his work at VATT, Tuomas is an adjunct professor at Aalto University, a member of the Swedish Labour Policy Council in Stockholm and a research fellow in the IZA research network. Tuomas is also on the editorial board of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics. He was previously an academic researcher at the Aalto University School of Business, a researcher at the IFAU research institute in Uppsala and a post-doc researcher at Nuffield College, Oxford. Tuomas has also been a visiting researcher and has taught at Boston University. 

Tuomas gained his PhD in economics at the European University Institute in Florence in 2003. In the 2016-2017 academic year Tuomas is on a research visit at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance.

Selected articles

Jokela, M., Pekkarinen, T., Sarvimäki, M., Terviö, M. and Uusitalo, R. (2017) Secular Rise in Economically Valuable Personality Traits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(25): 6527–6532.

Pekkarinen, T., Salvanes, K. and Sarvimäki, M. (2017) The evolution of social mobility: Norway over the 20th century. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 119(1): 5-33.

Pekkarinen, T. (2015) Gender differences in strategic behaviour under competitive pressure: Evidence on omission patterns in university entrance examinations. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 115: 94-110.

Johansson, P., Pekkarinen, T. and Verho, J. (2014) Cross-border health and productivity effects of alcohol policies. Journal of Health Economics, 36: 125-136.

Pekkarinen, T. and Pellicer, M. (2013) Education and allocation of skills in Tunisia: Evidence from an education reform. The IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2:14.

Pekkarinen, T., Pekkala, S. and Uusitalo, R. (2013) School tracking and development of cognitive skills. Journal of Labor Economics, 31(3): 755-602.

Pekkarinen, T., Uusitalo, R. and Pekkala Kerr, S. (2009) School tracking and intergenerational income mobility: Evidence from the Finnish comprehensive school reform. Journal of Public Economics, 93(7-8): 965-973.

Machin, S. and Pekkarinen, T. (2008) Global sex differences in test score variability. Science, 322, 1331-1332.