Tuomas Pekkarinen got his Ph.D. in 2003 from the European University Institute in Florence. He has since then worked at the Nuffield College, Oxford and at the Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation in Uppsala, Sweden. Currently, Pekkarinen is working at the Government Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki.

His main areas of interest are wage determination, discrimination, and, most recently, economics of education.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in April 2003 and became a Research Fellow in May 2008.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10889

In this paper, we study the effect of the timing of puberty on educational achievement and examine to what extent the gender differences in the timing of puberty can explain gender differences in achievement. We use British cohort data that combine information on pubertal development with test scores, behavioral outcomes...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9752

This paper documents trends in social mobility in Norway starting from fathers born at the turn of the 20th century and ending with sons born in the 1970s. We measure social mobility with intergenerational income elasticities, associations between fathers' and sons' income percentiles, and brother correlations. All approaches suggest that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9372

We examine the impact of an information intervention offered to 97 randomly chosen high schools in Finland. Graduating students in treatment schools were surveyed and given information on the labor market prospects associated with detailed post-secondary programs. A third of the students report that the intervention led them to update...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8018
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 115, 94-110

This paper studies gender differences in performance in university entrance examinations. We exploit data from the exams that the nine Finnish universities providing education in economics and business use to choose their students. These exams are multiple choice tests where wrong answers are penalized by minus points and omissions yield...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6909

We evaluate the effects of aging on productivity using piece-rate earnings as a proxy for worker output. Our data contain the population of Finnish blue collar workers in 61 different industries during 1990-2002. A unique feature of the data is that we can observe the exact hours worked on piece...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6390
published in Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2012, 1, 165-197

This paper surveys the trends in gender gaps in education, their causes and potential policy implications. I show that female educational attainment has surpassed, or is about to surpass, male educational attainment in most industrialized countries. These gaps reflect male overrepresentation among secondary school drop-outs and female overrepresentation among tertiary...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6389
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 36, 125-136

This paper studies the cross-border health and productivity effects of alcohol taxes. We estimate the effect of a large cut in the Finnish alcohol tax on mortality, alcohol related illnesses and work absenteeism in Sweden. This tax cut led to large differences in the prices of alcoholic beverages between these...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4058
published in Journal of Labor Economics, 2013, 31 (3), 577-603.

The Finnish comprehensive school reform replaced the old two-track school system with a uniform nine-year comprehensive school and significantly reduced the degree of heterogeneity in the Finnish primary and secondary education. We estimate the effect of this reform on the test scores in the Finnish Army Basic Skills test. The...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2253
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2008, 61 (3), 287 - 319

This paper examines the effects of performance pay on earnings using linked employee-employer panel data from Finland. These payroll data contain information on the exact share of earnings obtained and hours worked on a performance pay contract. Using these data, we estimate the effects of performance pay in the presence...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2204
revised version published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2009, 93, 965-973

Many authors have recently suggested that the heterogeneity in the quality of early education may be one of the key mechanisms underlying the intergenerational persistence of earnings. This paper estimates the effect of a major educational reform on the intergenerational income mobility in Finland. The Finnish comprehensive school reform of...