Roope Uusitalo is Professor of Public Economics at the University of Helsinki and VATT Institute for Economic Research. Uusitalo started in this role in the autumn of 2018.
Uusitalo's research areas are education economics, public economics and labour economics. His latest research covers protection against unfair dismissal, demand for social skills in the job market and the effects of education policy reforms.
Uusitalo received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1999. Prior to the Professorship in Public Economics, he was employed by the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics as Professor of Education Economics since 2015. In 2014-2019, Uusitalo was the first Chairman of the Finnish Economic Policy Council, established in 2014. He is a Research Fellow at the German IZA Institute of Labour Economics.
M. Jokela, T. Pekkarinen, M. Sarvimäki, M. Terviö, & R. Uusitalo (2017): Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(25) pp. 6527 - 6532. [article]
P. Böckerman, P. Skedinger, R. Uusitalo (2017): Seniority rules, worker mobility and wages: Evidence from multi-country linked employer-employee data, Labour Economics, In press, available online [article]
K. Koerselman & R. Uusitalo (2014): The Risk and Return of Human Capital Investments, Labour Economics, [article]
M. Rokkanen & R. Uusitalo (2013): Changes in Job Stability – Evidence from Lifetime Job Histories, Finnish Economic Papers 26(2) [article]
A. Moisio & R. Uusitalo (2013): The impact of municipal mergers on local public expenditures in Finland, Public Finance and Management, 13(3)
K. Huttunen, J. Pirttilä & R. Uusitalo (2013): The employment effects of low-wage subsidies, Journal of Public Economics, 97, January 2013, Pages 49–60 [article]
T. Pekkarinen, R. Uusitalo & S. Kerr (2009): School tracking and intergenerational income mobility: Evidence from the Finnish comprehensive school reform, Journal of Public Economics 93(7-8), pp. 965-973. [article] [dp]
T. Hakola & R. Uusitalo (2005): Not so voluntary retirement decisions? Evidence from a pension reform, Journal of Public Economics, 89, pp. 2121–2136. [article] [dp]