Tuomas Pekkarinen

Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland, and IZA, Germany

This is an exciting initiative in making research accessible to policymakers. It has potential to highlight the broad relevance of modern research in labor economics

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Researcher, Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT), Finland

Research interest

Labor economics, economics of education

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

External expert for the Belgian Science Policy Office, 2012

Past positions

Research Fellow, IFAU, Uppsala, Finland; Prize Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK


PhD Economics, European University Institute, 2003

Selected publications

  • “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).