Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Senior Researcher, Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland
Labor economics, economics of education
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
External expert for the Belgian Science Policy Office, 2012
Research Fellow, IFAU, Uppsala, Finland; Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK
PhD Economics, European University Institute, 2003
“School tracking and development of cognitive skills.” Journal of Labor Economics 31:3 (2013): 755–602 (with S. Pekkala and R. Uusitalo).
“School tracking and intergenerational income mobility: Evidence from the Finnish comprehensive school reform." Journal of Public Economics 93 (2009): 965–973 (with S. Pekkala and R. Uusitalo).
“Global sex differences in test score variability.” Science 322 (2008): 1331–1332 (with S. Machin).
“Gender differences in educational attainment: Evidence on the role of tracking from a Finnish quasi-experiment.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110:4 (2008): 807–825.
“Performance pay and earnings: Evidence from personnel records.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 61:3 (2008): 297–319 (with C. Riddell).
Postponing school tracking can increase social mobility without significant adverse effects on educational achievementTuomas Pekkarinen, December 2018The goal of school tracking (assigning students to different types of school by ability) is to increase educational efficiency by creating more homogeneous groups of students that are easier to teach. However, there are concerns that, if begun too early in the schooling process, tracking may improve educational attainment at the cost of reduced intergenerational social mobility. Recent empirical evidence finds no evidence of an efficiency–equality trade-off when tracking is postponed.MoreLess