Panu Poutvaara is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research.

Poutvaara received his doctorate in 2002 from the University of Helsinki. In 1999-2000, he was Visiting Fellow at Harvard University through Fulbright Program. He worked as Research Fellow at CEBR in Denmark from 2002 to 2005, and as professor at the University of Helsinki from 2005 until September 2010.

Poutvaara's main research interests are in public economics, political economics and labor economics. His main research topics are migration, education, social security, and electoral competition, including the role of beauty in politics. His work has been published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, among other journals. His work has been covered in different media outlets, including the Economist, New York Times, Newsweek, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and der Spiegel.

Poutvaara is the the managing editor of the CESifo Economic Studies.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2004.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 14755
Joop Adema, Till Nikolka, Panu Poutvaara, Uwe Sunde
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14389
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12800
revised version published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2021, 102681
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10003
published in: Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 2017, 33 (3), 413–442
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8574
published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2018,16 (4), 1137–1188
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8352
Martin Junge, Martin D. Munk, Panu Poutvaara
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5513
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2017, 146, 79–86
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5009
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2018, 51, 93-106
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4429
published in: Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers (eds.), The Handbook on the Political Economy of War, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4235
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2011, 95 (7-8), 877 - 885
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4144
Panu Poutvaara, Martin D. Munk, Martin Junge
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3763
published as 'Promises, Policies and Pocketbook Voting' in: European Economic Review, 2015, 75, 177–194
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3498
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2010, 26 (3), 340-350