Jukka Pirttilä

Research Fellow

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    Research Interests

    • Public Goods
    • Social Protection
    • Tax Policy


    PhD in Economics, University of Helsinki (1994)
    Visiting student, University of Essex Department of Economics (1996–1997)
    Licentiate in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki (1996)
    Master of Economics, Turku School of Economics (1994)

    Biographical Statement

    Jukka Pirttilä is a Research Fellow at the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). He is on leave from the University of Tampere, where he is a Professor of Economics. He has previously worked for the Labour Institute for Economic Research (Helsinki, Finland) and the Bank of Finland. He conducts research on topics related to publicly provided goods, social protection and tax policy. Jukka Pirttilä has a PhD in Economics from the University of Helsinki and is a Fellow of the CESifo network and a board member of the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • ‘Poverty, Development, and Behavioral Economics’, with M. Jäntti and R. Kanbur, Introduction to a special issue of Review of Income and Wealth, 60:1 (2014)
    • ‘Poverty and welfare measurement on the basis of Prospect Theory’, with M Jäntti, R Kanbur and M Nyyssölä, Review of Income and Wealth 60, 182-205. (2014)
    • ‘The employment effects of low-wage subsidies’, with K. Huttunen and R. Uusitalo, Journal of Public Economics 97, 49-60. (2013)
    • ‘Income shifting within a dual income tax system: Evidence from Finnish tax reform of 1993’, with H. Selin, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 113, 120-144. (2011)
    • ‘A leaky bucket in the real world: Estimating inequality aversion using survey data’, with R. Uusitalo, Economica 77, 60–76 (2010)
    • ‘Pawns and queens revisited: Public provision of private goods when individuals make mistakes’, with Sanna Tenhunen, International Tax and Public Finance 15, 599-619 (2008)
    • ‘Moral hazard, taxation, and prospect theory’, with Ravi Kanbur and Matti Tuomala, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110, 321-337 (2008)
    • ‘Anticipating tax changes: Evidence from the Finnish corporate tax reform of 2005’, joint with S. Kari and H. Karikallio, Fiscal Studies 29, 167-196 (2008)
    • ‘Reforms and confidence’, with Pertti Haaparanta, Journal of Development Economics 84, 534- 550 (2007)
    • ‘Labour income uncertainty, taxation and public good provision’, with Matti Tuomala, Economic Journal 117, 567-582 (2007)
    • ‘Behavioural public economics and non-welfarist welfare economics’, with Ravi Kanbur and Matti Tuomala, Journal of Economic Surveys 20, 849-868 (2006)
    • ‘Political constraints and economic reform: Empirical evidence from Post-Communist transition in the 1990s’, joint with Byung-Yeon Kim, Journal of Comparative Economics 34, 446-466 (2006)
    • ‘Public versus private production decisions: Redistribution and the size of the public sector’, with Matti Tuomala, FinanzArchiv 61, 120-137
    • ‘Poverty alleviation and tax policy’, with Matti Tuomala, European Economic Review 48,1075- 1090 (2004)
    • ‘Money, barter and inflation in Russia’, joint with Byung-Yeon Kim, Journal of Comparative Economics 32, 297-314 (2004)
    • ‘Is international labour mobility a threat to the welfare state? Evidence from Finland in the 1990s’ Finnish Economic Papers 17, 18-34 (2004)
    • ‘Publicly provided private goods and redistribution: A general equilibrium analysis’, joint with Matti Tuomala, Scandinavian Journal of Economics 104, 173-188, (2002)
    • ‘Specific vs Ad Valorem taxation and externalities’, Journal of Economics 76, 177-187, (2002)
    • ‘Fiscal explanations for inflation: Any evidence from transition economies?’, with Tuomas
      Komulainen, Economics of Planning 35, 239-316, (2002)
    • ‘On optimal non-linear taxation and public good provision in an overlapping generations economy’,
      with Matti Tuomala, Journal of Public Economics 79, 485-501, (2001)
    • ‘Fiscal policy and structural reforms in transition economies: An empirical analysis’, Economics of
      Transition 9, 29-52 (2001)
    • ‘A many-person Corlett-Hague tax rule with externalities’, Oxford Economic Papers 52, 595-605
    • ‘Earmarking of environmental taxes and Pareto-efficient taxation’, FinanzArchiv, vol. 56, 202-217 (1999)
    • ‘Redistribution and Internalization: The many-person Ramsey tax rule revisited’, with Ronnie Schöb, Public Finance Review, vol. 27, 541-560, (1999)
    • ‘Income tax, commodity tax and environmental policy’, with Matti Tuomala, International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 4, 379-393, (1997)

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • ‘Tax policy and employment: How does the Swedish system fare?’, joint with Håkan Selin, Uppsala
      Center for Fiscal Studies WP 2011:2.
    • ‘Mirrlees Review and the Finnish tax system’ (in Finnish) in S. Kari et al (Eds.) Verotuksen ja sosiaaliturvan uudistaminen – miksi ja mihin suuntaan. VATT Julkaisuja 54. (2009)
    • ‘Incentives for labour supply in Finland 1995-2004’ (in Finnish), joint with P. Honkanen and M. Jäntti, a report for the Prime Minister’s Office (2007).
    • ‘Survey: Economists disagree on tax policy’(in Finnish), joint with R. Uusitalo, Finnish Economic Journal 2/2006.
    • ‘Tax cuts reduce tax revenue’, (in Finnish) joint with R. Uusitalo, Finnish Economic Journal 4/2005.
    • ‘The impact of taxation on employment. A survey of economic literature.’ (in Finnish) A report for the Prime Minister’s Office, joint with E. Koskela and R. Uusitalo (2004)
    • ‘Taxation in international framework’, Prime Minister’s Office: Publications 13/2003, as a secretary to the working group.
    • ‘Asymmetric information and optimal taxation,’ (in Finnish) Finnish Economic Journal 4/2003.
    • ‘The theory of income taxation and the structure of the Finnish income tax,’ (in Finnish) with Esko Mustonen, in Verokilpailu ja Suomen verojärjestelmä, R. Hjerppe, S. Kari, J. Kiander and P. Poutvaara (eds.), Helsinki: WSOY, 2003.