Kaisa Kotakorpi


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Vice-head of department
On leave as Research Professor at VATT Institute for Economic Research  
Research interests:
Public economics: behavioural public economics, taxation, tax compliance, public services, regulation
Political Economics
Health Economics


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Academic background 

Ph.D. (Economics), University of Tampere, 2007

B.A. (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Oxford University, 1998



Public Economics (bachelor's and master's level), Topics in Behavioural Economics (master's level)

Selected publications and working papers (Full list of publications)

1) Recent working papers and work in progress:

Hall, C., Kotakorpi, K., Liljeberg, L. and Pirttilä, J. (2016). Screening through Activation: Differential Effects of a Youth Activation Programme. (Earlier version available as IFAU Working Paper 2016:15.) 
​​​​​​​​Kotakorpi, K. and Laamanen, J-P. (2016). Prefilled Income Tax Returns and Tax Compliance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. (Earlier version available as Tampere Economics Working Papers No. 104.)

2) Articles in refereed journals:

Kotakorpi, K., Poutvaara, P. and Terviö, M. (2017). Returns To Office in National and Local Politics: A Bootstrap Method and Evidence from Finland. Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, 33(3), 413-442.

Haavio, M. & Kotakorpi, K. (2016). Sin Licenses Revisited. Journal of Public Economics, 144, 40-51.

Härkänen, T., Kotakorpi, K., Reinivuo, H., Pietinen, P., Suoniemi, I. & Pirttilä, J. (2014). The Welfare Effects of Health-Based Food Tax Policy. Food Policy 49, 196-206.

Kotakorpi, K. & Poutvaara, P. (2011). Pay for Politicians and Candidate Selection: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Public Economics 95, 877-885.

Haavio, M. & Kotakorpi, K. (2011). The Political Economy of Sin Taxes. European Economic Review  55, 575-594.

Kotakorpi, K. & Laamanen, J-P. (2010). Welfare State and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Public Health Care. Economica 77, 565–583.

Kotakorpi, K. (2009). Paternalism and tax competition. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 111, 125-149.

Kotakorpi, K. (2008). The incidence of sin taxes. Economics Letters, 98, 95-99.

Kotakorpi, K. (2006). Access price regulation, investment and entry in telecommunications. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 24, 1013-1020.


Policy-oriented papers:

Kotakorpi, K. & Matikka, T. (2017). Revenue-maximizing top earned income tax rate in the presence of income-shifting. Nordic Tax Journal, forthcoming. (Working paper version available here.)


Current positions and memberships
Member of the Finnish Economic Policy Council, 2014-

Member, Publication Forum of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, evaluation panel for economics and business, 2014-
Fellow, CESifo research network  

Referee for CESifo Economic Studies, Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, Eastern Economic Journal, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, Finnish Economic Papers, Food Policy, International Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Social Sciences, World Bank Economic Review