Viinikainen Jutta, Professor (acting) / Professori (ma.)

Viinikainen Jutta, Professor (acting)  / Professori (ma.)


Jutta Viinikainen, Professor (acting), got her doctoral degree in Economics in 2012. Her work is focused on labor and health economics, particularly on the role of personality traits in the labor market, and on how health and health behavior are related to labor market outcomes. She has publications e.g. in Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Viinikainen has also served as a referee in several international journals such as Journal of Economic Psychology, Oxford Economic Papers, Small Business Economics.

Viinikainen has taught labour economics and advanced mathematical economics in the past. Currently, she teaches public economics and advanced microeconomics.

Jutta Viinikainen visited University College London in 2018, LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health in 2018, Boston University in 2017 and University of Bamberg in 2016. She is a board member of the JSBE faculty research committee and a vice board member of Young Academy Finland.

Areas of Interest

Health economics, labour economics

Research Areas

Human capital and labour markets

Recent Publications

  • Pehkonen, J., Viinikainen, J., Lehtimäki, T., Pitkänen, N., & Raitakari, O. (2019) Health endowment and later-life outcomes in the labor market: evidence using genetic risk scores and reduce-form models. SSM: Population Health, 7, 100379. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100379 
  • Helin, J., Koerselman, K., Nokkala, T., Tohmo, T. & Viinikainen, J. (2019) Equal Access to the Top? Measuring Selection into Finnish Academia. Social Inclusion, 7(1), 90-100. DOI: 10.17645/si.v7i1.1620
  • Böckerman, P., Cawley, C., Viinikainen, J., Lehtimäki, T., Rovio, S., Seppälä, I., Pehkonen, J. & Raitakari, O. (2019) The Effect of Weight on Labor Market Outcomes: an Application of Genetic Instrumental Variables. Health Economics, 28 (1), 65-77. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3828
  • Viinikainen, J., Bryson, A., Böckerman, P., Elovainio, M., Pitkänen, N., Pulkki-Råback, L., Lehtimäki, T., Raitakari, O. & Pehkonen, J. (2018) Does education protect against depression? Evidence from the Young Finns Study using Mendelian Randomization. Preventive Medicine, 115, 134-139. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.026 
  • Maczulskij, T., & Viinikainen, J. (2018) Is Personality related to permanent earnings? Evidence using twin design. Journal of Economic Psychology, 64, 116-129. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2018.01.001.
  • Amin, V., Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Smart, M. C., Bao, Y., Kumari, M., Pitkänen, N., Lehtimäki, T., Raitakari, O., Pehkonen, J. (2017) Gene-Environment Interactions Between Education and Body Mass: Evidence from the UK and Finland. Social Science & Medicine, 195, 12-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.027
  • Böckerman, P., Bryson, A., Viinikainen, J., Hakulinen, C., Hintsanen, M., Pehkonen, J., Viikari, J., Raitakari, O. The Biometric Antecedents to Happiness. PLoS One 12(9), e0184887. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184887
  • Böckerman, P., Bryson, A., Viinikainen, J., Hakulinen, C., Pulkki-Råback, L., Raitakari, O., Pehkonen, J. (2017) Biomarkers and Long-term Labour Market Outcomes: The Case of Creatine. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 142, 259-274. DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.08.003
  • Tohmo, T., Viinikainen, J. Does Intersectoral Labour Mobility Pay for Academics? Scientometrics 113(1), 83-103. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2477-9
  • Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Pulkki-Råback, L., Hakulinen, C., Pitkänen, N., Lehtimäki, T., Pehkonen, J., Raitakari, O.T. (2017) Does Higher Education Protect Against Obesity? Evidence Using Mendelian Randomization. Preventive Medicine, 101, 195-198. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.06.015
  • Pehkonen, J., Viinikainen, J., Böckerman, P., Lehtimäki, T., Pitkänen, N., Raitakari, O. (2017) Genetic Endowments, Parental Resources and Adult Health: Evidence from the Young Finns Study. Social Science & Medicine, 188, 191-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.04.030
  • Viinikainen, J., Heineck, G., Böckerman, P., Hintsanen, M., Raitakari, O., Pehkonen, J. (2017) Born Entrepreneurs? Adolescents' Personality Characteristics and Entrepreneurship is Adulthood. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 8, 9-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbvi.2017.05.001
  • Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Vainiomäki, J., Hintsanen, M., Pitkänen, N., Lehtimäki, T., Pehkonen, J., Rovio, S., Raitakari, O. (2017) Stature and long-term labor market outcomes: Evidence using Mendelian Randomization. Economics and Human Biology 24, 18-29. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2016.10.009
  • Böckerman, P., Bryson, A., Viinikainen, J., Viikari, J., Lehtimäki, T., Vuori, E., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Raitakari, O., Pehkonen, J. (2016) The Serum Copper/Zinc Ratio in Childhood and Educational Attainment: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Public Health, 38(4), 696-703. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv187.
  • Hakulinen, C., Elovainio,  M., Pulkki-Råback, L., Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Pehkonen, J., Raitakari, P. T., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L., Hintsanen, M. (2016) Depressive Symptoms and Long-term Income: The Young Finns Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 204, 120-123. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.06.028
  • Kari, J., Tammelin, T., Viinikainen, J., Hutri-Kähönen, N., Raitakari, O., Pehkonen, J.  Chilhdood Physical Activity and Adulthood Earnings (2016) Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 48(7), 1340-1346. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000895

  • Rietveld, C. A., Böckerman, P., Viinikainen, J., Bryson, A., Raitakari, O. and Pehkonen, J. (2016) Creatine and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Bioeconomics, 18(1), 53-64. DOI: 10.1007/s10818-016-9211-1
  • Pehkonen, J., Viinikainen, J., Böckerman, P., Pulkki-Råback, L., Keltikangas-Järvinen, L. and Raitakari, O. (2015) Relative Age at School Entry, School Performance and Long-Term Labour Market Outcomes. Applied Economic Letters, 22(16), 1345-1348. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1031864
  • Viinikainen, J., Kokko, K., Pulkkinen, L., & Pehkonen, J. (2014). Labor market performance of dropouts: the role of personality. Journal of Economic Studies, 41(3), 453-468. DOI: 10.1108/JES-02-2012-0022
  • Viinikainen, J. & Kokko, K. (2012) Personality traits and unemployment: Evidence from longitudinal data. Journal of Economic Psychology 33(6) 1204-1222. DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2012.09.001
  • Viinikainen (2012) Personality and labour market outcomes. Jyväskylä Studies in Business and Economics 113.
  • Viinikainen, J., Kokko, K., Pulkkinen, L. and Pehkonen, J. (2010) Personality and labour market income: evidence from longitudinal data. LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 24(2), 201–220.DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2010.00477.x

Teaching (current and previous courses)

  • KTTP3110 Public economics (current)
  • KTTA510 Labour Economics I 
  • KTTA170 Bachelor Level Research Tutorial and Bachelor's Thesis
  • KTTS220 Mathematical Economics II 
  • KTTS2120 Strategic Thinking, Competition and Pricing (current)
  • KTTS1910 Master Level Research Tutorial and Master's Thesis (current)