Studying economics at Tampere University provides the skills for working in demanding economist positions in the private and public sector, in managerial positions that require expertise in economics, as well as the ability to participate in research both in Finland and abroad.
We offer an economics programme that follows an internationally standardized structure. Our curriculum covers core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as applied courses in different fields of economics.
Our research programme concentrates on policy relevant applied research, with a particular focus on public economics and labour economics. We also apply insights from behavioural economics to various topics in these fields.
The research programme in economics focuses on public economics and labour economics. We also apply insights from behavioural economics to various topics in these fields.
One of our key research areas is policy evaluation. We use state-of-the art quasi-experimental and experimental methods to evaluate the causal effects of policies (e.g. taxation and labour market policy) on individual and firm behaviour and outcomes.
Examples of research topics:
- public economics
- taxation, social security and inequality
- tax evasion
- public services, role of public and private sector in the economy
- well-being and happiness
- social and healthcare services, health behaviour
- environmental policy and regulation
- labour economics
- labour markets (demand, supply, unemployment, wages)
- technological change and polarisation
- migration and regional economics
- labour market policy
We have extensive and long-standing cooperation with researchers at various Finnish research institutes e.g. VATT Institute for Economic Research and the Labour Institute for Economic Research, as well as a wide network of international collaborators within different research projects.
Current research projects with external funding:
- Work, Inequality and Public Policy, 2015 – 2021, Strategic Research Council, PI: Matti Tuomala, VPI: Jari Vainiomäki
- Competition and Incentives in Healthcare, 2019 – 2023, Academy of Finland, PI: Kaisa Kotakorpi
Recent research projects with external funding:
- Developing tools for combatting tax evasion, 2016 – 2018, Academy of Finland (key project funding), PI: Kotakorpi
- Inequalities, Insurance, Incentives and Immigration: Challenges and Solutions for the Welfare State (4Is), 2015 – 2018, Norface, Co-PI and national contact point: Kotakorpi
- Casting Light on the Shadow Economy - A Field Experiment Approach, 2014 – 2018, Academy of Finland, PI and consortium leader: Kaisa Kotakorpi
- Taxation, employment and redistribution, 2013-2016, Academy of Finland, PI: Matti Tuomala
Economics is part of the degree programme in business studies.
We provide an internationally standarized programme in economics. Our curriculum covers core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics at Bachelor and Master’s levels) as well as field courses e.g. in public economics, labour and personnel economics, behavioural economics, monetary and financial economics, and regional economics.
The programme provides excellent job opportunities both in the private and public sectors, in Finland and abroad. Tampere economics alumni have reached top positions e.g. in the banking sector, in policy advice and evaluation, as civil servants e.g. in different ministries, and in the academia.
Students select their main subject in their second year of study.
Information on Economics courses can also be found in the study guide.
In addition to studies in Economics and Business Studies, the students can take courses in other subjects, across the different Faculties of Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.
MGE – Master’s Degree Programme in Public Economics and Public Finance is an interuniversity Master’s programme that leads to a double degree in Economics. The programme is produced jointly by five European partner universities: Tampere University, the University of Rennes1 [France], University of Fribourg [Switzerland], the, Università degli Studi del Piamonte Orientale ”Amedeo Avogadro”, Alessandria [Italy] (English pages for Erasmus students) and Masaryk University, Brno [Czech Republic]. The curriculum can be found here: https://www.tuni.fi/studentsguide/curriculum/degree-programmes/uta-tohjelma-1692?year=2020. Students interested in MGE should contact Hannu Laurila.
Doctoral education in economics is organized jointly with other economics units in Finland, through the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics.
Some courses are organized jointly with universities from other Nordic countries. Upcoming course: PhD course on Public Economics, 4-6 June 2020
Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in economics at Tampere University should contact their desired supervisor before application.