Social security, taxation and inequality
Research in this area focuses on the effects of social security and taxation on the labour market and income distribution.
Social security and taxation crucially affect households’ disposable incomes and thereby wellbeing. Changes in social transfers or taxation directly affect income generation and income distribution. Additionally these changes may have various behavioural impacts on, among other things, labour supply. The key premise is to do research that supports decision-making, applying both microsimulation and microeconometric methods.
We have various projects ongoing on the effects of policy changes in taxation and social transfers.
Current research topics include:
- effects of unemployment benefits: how the eligibility conditions of earnings-related unemployment benefits and income security allowances affect the duration of unemployment and job quality following unemployment
- social benefit thresholds and labour supply
- mechanisms of shadow economy
- income mobility, poverty and social inequality: a number of our researchers are involved in the multiannual Work, Inequality and Public Policy project funded by the Academy of Finland.
- Kaisa Kotakorpi appointed research professor at VATT
29.8.2017 Press release
- Should the top income tax rate be lowered?
- Housing allowance has less impact on rents than previously believed
31.5.2017 Press release
- Doctoral dissertation: Tax expenditures as government’s policy tool and economic instrument
- VAT turnover threshold keeps firms small – mainly due to compliance costs
14.6.2016 Press release