Tuukka Saarimaa

Tuukka Saarimaa

Associate Research Professor, PhD (Econ.), on leave until 08/2021

Research areas: housing markets urban economics municipal finances political economics

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.

Selected articles

Hyytinen, A., Meriläinen, J., Saarimaa, T., Toivanen, O. and Tukiainen, J. (2018) When Does Regression Discontinuity Design Work? Evidence from Random Election Outcomes. Quantitative Economics 9, 1019-1051.

Hyytinen, A., Meriläinen, J., Saarimaa, T., Toivanen, O. and Tukiainen, J. (2018) Public Employees as Politicians: Evidence from Close Elections. American Political Science Review, 112(1): 68-81.

Harjunen, O., Kortelainen, M. and Saarimaa, T. (2018) Best Education Money Can Buy? Capitalization of School Quality in Finland. CESifo Economic Studies, 64(2): 150-175.

Saarimaa, T. and Tukiainen, J. (2016) Local Representation and Strategic Voting: Evidence from Electoral Boundary Reforms. European Journal of Political Economy, 41: 31-45.

Saarimaa, T. and Tukiainen, J. (2015) Common Pool Problems in Voluntary Municipal Mergers. European Journal of Political Economy, 38: 140-152. 

Kortelainen, M. and Saarimaa, T. (2015) Do Urban Neighborhoods Benefit from Homeowners? Evidence from Housing Prices. Scandinavian Journal of Economics 117(1): 28-56.