Tuomas Pekkarinen

VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland, and IZA, Germany

Dr Tuomas Pekkarinen sadly passed away on November 29, 2022. Until his death he served as a Senior Research Fellow at the VATT Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki, as an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University School of Business, and as a member of the Swedish Labour Market Council. Pekkarinen's research included, among other things, the economics of education.

IZA World of Labor role


Research interest

Labor economics, economics of education

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Swedish Labour Policy Council 2015–2018; External expert for the Belgian Science Policy Office, 2012

Past positions

Senior Researcher, VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland; Research Fellow, IFAU, Uppsala, Finland; Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK


PhD Economics, European University Institute, 2003

Selected publications

  • “Cognitive consequences of the timing of puberty." Labour Economics 54 (2018): 1–13 (with K. Koerselman).

  • “Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:25 (2017): 6527–6532 (with M. Jokela, M. Sarvimäki, M. Terviö, and R. Uusitalo).

  • “The evolution of social mobility: Norway over the 20th century.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 8 (2017) (with K. G. Salvanes and M. Sarvimäki).

  • “Gender differences in behavior under competitive pressure: Evidence on omission patterns in university entrance examinations.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 115 (2015): 94–110.