Tuomas Pekkarinen

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

This is an exciting initiative in making research accessible to policymakers. It has potential to highlight the broad relevance of modern research in labor economics

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Researcher, VATT Institute for Economic Research, Finland

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

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.