Panu Poutvaara

University of Munich, Ifo Institute, and IZA, Germany

This is a very valuable resource for both academic researchers, applied economists and policymakers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, University of Munich and Director of the Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research, Germany

Research interest

Public economics, political economics, labor economics, migration, education, social security, electoral competition

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Expert, Finnish Parliament; Expert, a committee of the Finnish Ministry of Finance

Past positions

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Helsinki (2005–2006; 2006–2010); Research Fellow, Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) (2002–2005); Visiting Fellow, Harvard University (1999–2000)


PhD Economics, University of Helsinki, 2002

Selected publications

  • “Pay for politicians and candidate selection: An empirical analysis.” Journal of Public Economics 95 (2011): 877–885 (with K. Kotakorpi).

  • “The looks of a winner: Beauty and electoral success.” Journal of Public Economics 94 (2010): 8–15 (with N. Berggren and H. Jordahl).

  • “Public and private education in an integrated Europe: Studying to migrate and teaching to stay?” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110 (2008): 591–608.

  • “Social security incentives, human capital investment and mobility of labor.” Journal of Public Economics 91 (2007): 1299–1325.

  • “Candidate quality.” International Tax and Public Finance 14 (2007): 7–27 (with T. Takalo).