Uusitalo Roope, Professor / Professori

Director of the Doctoral Programme in Economics
Uusitalo Roope, Professor / Professori


Roope Uusitalo started in January 2015 as a Professor in Economics of Education. Previously he was a Research Director at Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER) and Professor at University of Helsinki.

He received his PhD from University of Helsinki in 1999 and has since then been employed as a Research Director at the Government Institute for Economic Research, as a Research Coordinator at Labor Institute for Economic Research, as a Professor at Helsinki School of Economics, and as a Researcher at University of Helsinki and Institute for Labor Market Policy Evaluation at Uppsala. His current research interests include labor market effects of government programs, economic effects of immigration and economics of education.

Uusitalo is a chairman of Finnish Economic Policy Council and a IZA Research Fellow.

Areas of Interest

Education, Experiments, Retirement, Unemployment Insurance, Migration, Public policy

Research Areas

Economics of Education, Public Economics, Labor Economics

Recent Publications

M. Jokela, T. Pekkarinen, M. Sarvimäki, M. Terviö, & R. Uusitalo (2017): Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(25) pp. 6527 - 6532. [article]

P. Böckerman, P. Skedinger, R. Uusitalo (2017): Seniority rules, worker mobility and wages: Evidence from multi-country linked employer-employee data, Labour Economics, In press, available online [article] .

K. Koerselman & R. Uusitalo (2014): The Risk and Return of Human Capital Investments, Labour Economics, article

M. Rokkanen & R. Uusitalo (2013): Changes in Job Stability – Evidence from Lifetime Job Histories, Finnish Economic Papers 26(2)  [article]

A. Moisio & R. Uusitalo (2013): The impact of municipal mergers on local public expenditures in Finland, Public Finance and Management, 13(3)

K. Huttunen, J. Pirttilä & R. Uusitalo (2013): The employment effects of low-wage subsidies, Journal of Public Economics, 97, January 2013, Pages 49–60 [article]

S. Kerr, T. Pekkarinen & R. Uusitalo (2013): School Tracking and Development of Cognitive Skills, Journal of Labor Economics Vol. 31, No. 3, July 2013,  [article] [dp]

R. Uusitalo & J. Verho (2010): The effect of unemployment benefits on re-employment rates: Evidence from the Finnish unemployment insurance reform, Labour Economics, 17(4), pp. 643-654 [article] [dp]

M. Söderström & R. Uusitalo (2010): School choice and segregation: Evidence from an admission reform, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 112(1), pp. 55-76 [article] [dp]

J. Pirttilä & R. Uusitalo (2010): Leaky bucket in the real world: Estimating inequality aversion using survey data, Economica, 77, pp. 60–76 [article] [dp]

T. Pekkarinen, R. Uusitalo & S. Kerr (2009): School tracking and intergenerational income mobility: Evidence from the Finnish comprehensive school reform, Journal of Public Economics 93(7-8), pp. 965-973. [article] [dp]

P. Böckerman, U. Hämäläinen & R. Uusitalo (2009): Labour Market Effects of the Polytechnic Education Reform: The Finnish Experience, Economics of Education Review, 28(6), pp. 672-681 [article] [dp]

O. Korkeamäki & R. Uusitalo (2009): Employment and wage effects of a payroll-tax cut: Evidence from a regional experiment, International Tax and Public Finance, 16(6), pp. 753-772 [article] [dp]

P. Böckerman & R. Uusitalo (2008): Minimum wages and youth employment: Evidence from the Finnish retail trade sector, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47:2, pp. 388–405 [article] [dp]

K. Hämäläinen, R. Uusitalo & J. Vuori (2008): Varying biases in matching estimates: Evidence from two randomised job search training experiments, Labour Economics 15, pp. 604-618.  [article] [dp]

U. Hämäläisen & R. Uusitalo (2008): Signalling or human capital: Evidence from the Finnish polytechnic school reform, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110, pp. 755-775. [article] [dp]

P. Böckerman & R. Uusitalo (2006): Union membership and the erosion of the Ghent system: Lessons from Finland, British Journal of Industrial Relations 44:2, pp. 283–303. [article] [dp]

T. Hakola & R. Uusitalo (2005): Not so voluntary retirement decisions? Evidence from a pension reform, Journal of Public Economics, 89, pp. 2121–2136. [article] [dp]


Teaching (list of courses)

  • Public Economics KTTP710
  • Economics of Education (fall 2015)