VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
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
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
“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.
School tracking and intergenerational social mobility Updated
Postponing school tracking can increase social mobility without significant adverse effects on educational achievementTuomas Pekkarinen, December 2018The goal of school tracking (assigning students to different types of school by ability) is to increase educational efficiency by creating more homogeneous groups of students that are easier to teach. However, there are concerns that, if begun too early in the schooling process, tracking may improve educational attainment at the cost of reduced intergenerational social mobility. Recent empirical evidence finds no evidence of an efficiency–equality trade-off when tracking is postponed.MoreLess