Tuukka Saarimaa’s research focuses on housing markets and local public finance. Saarimaa’s current research is on housing production, municipal mergers and how municipal politics affects the functioning of municipalities. His PhD thesis (2009) was on the taxation of owner-occupied housing.
Before coming to VATT Tuukka worked at the University of Eastern Finland. He has also been a visiting researcher at Tufts University and the London School of Economics.
Tuukka is currently on leave of absence. In August 2018, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Urban Economics at Aalto University.