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. 3023
published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2011, 27 (2), 257-267
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2859
published in: Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 2007, 28 (4), 675-694
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2812
published in: Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2009, 11 (3), 441-453
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2710
published as 'Unemployment and gang crime: can prosperity backfire?' in: Economics of Governance, 2011, 12 (3), 259 - 273
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2666
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2008, 27 (6), 1503–1515
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2559
published in: International Tax and Public Finance, 2009, 16 (5), 697-709
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2478
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2008, 110 (3), 591–608
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2311
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2010, 94 (1-2), 8-15
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2277
published in: International Tax and Public Finance, 2009, 16 (5), 647-669