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.
We make extensive research within multiple study fields and our researchers also contribute to public and scientific discussion both domestically and internationally. We actively participate in various research projects and collaborations. Our department also offers a PhD program in economics, and our PhD students actively participate in manifold research projects in the guidance of our researchers. Research topics include for example public an health economics, well-being, labor economics, macroeconomics and central banking.
Our department offers favorable conditions for research in various fields. We have close ties to several research institutions (see page Cooperation) and research collaborators in Finland and abroad. We have members in the international CESifo Research Network and our researchers have worked as visiting researchers in foreign universities, among multiple positions in other institutions.
Benzarti, Y., Carloni, D., Harju, J., & Kosonen, T. (2020). What goes up may not come down: asymmetric incidence of value-added taxes. Journal of Political Economy, 128(12), 4438-4474.
Benzarti, Y., & Harju, J. (2020). Can Payroll Tax Cuts Help Firms During Recessions? (No. w27485). National Bureau of Economic Research.
Benzarti, Y., & Harju, J. (2020). Using payroll tax variation to unpack the black box of firm-level production. Journal of the European Economic Association.
Benzarti, Y., Harju, J., & Matikka, T. (2020). Does Mandating Social Insurance Affect Entrepreneurial Activity?. American Economic Review: Insights, 2(2), 255-68.
Hall, C., Kotakorpi, K., Liljeberg, L., and Pirttilä, J. (2020). Screening through activation? Differential effects of a youth activation programme. Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Harju, J., Kosonen, T., & Slemrod, J. (2020). Missing miles: Evasion responses to car taxes. Journal of Public Economics, 181, 104108.
Hovi, M. & Laamanen, J.-P. (2021). Adaptation and Loss Aversion in the Relationship between GDP and Subjective Well-being. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. Forthcoming.
Hovi, M. & Laamanen, J.-P. (2021). Income, Aspirations and Subjective Well-being: International Evidence. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 185, 287-302.
Tanninen H., Tuomala M., Tuominen E. (2021). Income inequality, government's redistributive preferences, and the extent of redistribution. FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, forthcoming.
We publish a working paper series Tampere Economic Working Papers and our publications are also available at Tampere University Research Portal TUNICRIS.
Link to Tampere Economic Working Papers: https://ideas.repec.org/s/tam/wpaper.html
Our researchers obtain funding from both external sources in sponsored projects as well as internal sources in the Department of Economics. We receive funding from e.g. Academy of Finland, Prime Minister's Office, NORFACE and The Strategic Research Council.
Our researchers have expertise in large-scale project handling and participating in multidisciplinary projects. Our researchers are also active members in the scientific community and aim at promoting the usage of scientific output on decision making through different positions of trust.
Ongoing and recent projects with external funding
- Casting Light on the Shadow Economy - A Field Experiment Approach, 2014 – 2018, Academy of Finland, PI and consortium leader: Kaisa Kotakorpi
- Competition and Incentives in Healthcare, 2019 – 2023, Academy of Finland, PI: Kaisa Kotakorpi
- 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
- Taxation, employment and redistribution, 2013-2016, Academy of Finland, PI: Matti Tuomala
- Work, Inequality and Public Policy, 2015 – 2021, Strategic Research Council, PI: Matti Tuomala, VPI: Jari Vainiomäki
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.
Our lecturers have comprehensive expertise for example in public, labor and behavioral economics and we utilize recent research in teaching too. We promote work-oriented studying by offering practical methodology courses as well as more theoretically oriented courses in various study fields.
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.
To find out more about doctoral studies in the Faculty of Business and Management, please see the description of doctoral studies at the MAB faculty.
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. We actively collaborate with other faculties and universities as well and strive for promoting multidisciplinary research.
Possibilities for collaboration include participating in single projects as well as entire study programs. We are able to offer economic perspective and methodological guidance for our cooperatives, both in terms of small-scale consultation and long-term, extensive strategic collaboration.
Please do not hesitate to contact us and inquire about collaboration opportunities. In interested in cooperation with us, please contact a professor with relevant study field or expertise, or contact Head of Discipline Kaisa Kotakorpi for further information. Contact details of our personnel are available on the Contact page.
Head of Discipline
Other postgraduate students
- Veera Holappa
- Elina Jussila
- Olli-Matti Laine
- Allan Seuri
- Erkka Silvennoinen