Janne Tukiainen

Janne Tukiainen

Associate Research Professor, PhD (Econ.)

Research areas: auctions public procurement cartels municipal mergers municipal finances microeconometric methods political representation electoral systems voting


Tel. +358 295 519 451

Janne Tukiainen is associate research professor at VATT, adjunct professor (dosentti in Finnish) of economics at the University of Helsinki and a visiting associate professor of political science at the Department of Government in the London School of Economics and Political Science. Tukiainen has previously worked at the University of Helsinki and HECER. He has also been a visitor at several foreign universities (ECARES, Warwick, LSE). He gained his doctorate in economics at the University of Helsinki in 2009. Tukiainen’s thesis concerned industrial economics, in particular, auctions and public procurement. In recent years, he has worked also on topics in microeconometrics, political economics and political science. He has studied for example the economic and political effects of municipal mergers, voting behavior and its consequences as well as the effects of political representation.

Tukiainen has been actively involved in graduate education in the economics departments in Helsinki within KAVA and HECER. He has organized research seminars for graduate students and supervised several doctoral theses. Tukiainen has taught industrial economics, public economics and microeconometrics at several universities in Finland and other countries. Besides pure academic research, Janne Tukiainen has written numerous reports to support policy work, for example on municipal finances and public procurement. He has participated actively in the public debate on these themes in the media. He has also been an expert witness in Finnish asphalt and timber cartels. Tukiainen is a member of the board of the Finnish Economic Association and an associate editor of the journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Selected articles

Meriläinen, J., Tukiainen, J. (2018) Rank Effects in Open-list Elections. Public Choice (accepted)

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.

Tukiainen, J. (2017). The Effects of Minimum Bid Increments in Internet Auctions: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Journal of Industrial Economics 65, 597-622.

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

Hyytinen, A., Saarimaa, T. and Tukiainen, J. (2014) Electoral vulnerability and size of local governments: Evidence from voting on municipal mergers. Journal of Public Economics, 120: 193-204.