Labour market and education economics

Labour market and education economics

  • Labour market structure and dynamics
  • Labour market institutions and pay schemes
  • Skills and effectiveness of education policy

The research of the Labour Market and Education Economics program focuses on the structures and dynamics of the labour market. The continuation of the fundamental restructuring of the labour market in tandem with the prolonged economic downturn is reflected in the labour market’s institutions and pay schemes. It is reflected in the structure of labour, mobility and career development, and therefore in the development of the wage and income inequality. The effects and consequences of transition in the labour market are evaluated particularly from the perspective of skills and business life connections, with emphasis on flexible and adequate provision of education and training over a worker’s entire career. Policy analysis is focused on the evaluation of the effectiveness of education and labour market policies.

The research questions highlight the broad-based change in occupational structures and the functioning of the labour market, especially from the perspective of development needs of the educational and labour market institutions as well as pay schemes. The reduction of unemployment and risk of exclusion are also key topics of research.

All projects make extensive use of longitudinal data sets from the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and Statistics Finland. In addition, the basic data is supplemented when necessary by information compiled in various types of special data sets as well as by examining individual companies. The research is based on the state-of-the-art models and methodology applied in these fields of study.

Researches of the program

Research began 2017 Research ends 2021
The objective of this proposal is to go beyond the prior literature on career and wage dynamics by studying the interplay between within-firm careers and job mobility, which is an important unexplored area in the field of personnel economics.
Research began 2017 Research ends 2018
This research project evaluates comprehensively the effects of wage subsidies on the employability and employment, including the earnings development, of long-term unemployed as well as disabled people. For these purposes, the project makes innovative use of merged individual-level longitudinal
Research began 2016 Research ends 2019
The central idea of the research is to comprehensively assess the role of competencies – their acquisition, maintenance, development and renewal – in enhancing successful labour market transition, as well as stabilized employment and re-entry after non-employment in times
Research began 2016 Research ends 2018
Better late than never? School, training and work for late upper secondary school completers in the Nordic countries is a comparative Nordic study concerning young people who do not complete upper secondary schooling on regular time. The primary goal
Research began 2016 Research ends 2017
This study examines how the admission success to upper secondary education and participation in the post-compulsory schooling affect crime behavior and labor market outcomes. Each year almost five percent of the cohort graduating from compulsory education fails to receive
Research began 2012 Research ended 2017
The fields of personnel and organizational economics have started to develop and test models of the internal workings of firms, paying particular attention to careers within firms. This project takes a new approach on career and wage dynamics by