The Department of Economics is an active research unit. Many of the research projects are implemented in cooperation with other researchers under the Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER).
The Department's main fields of research are:
- Microeconomic Theory
- Empirical Microeconomics, and
- Applied Microeconomics (including environmental economics, labour markets, personnel economics, productivity, competition theory, and game theory).
The six professors, Prof. Pertti Haaparanta, Prof. Pekka Ilmakunnas, Prof. Matti Liski, Prof. Matti Pohjola, Prof. Marko Terviö, and Prof. Juuso Välimäki are all well-respected researchers in their respective fields. In addition to their research work professors and researchers participate actively in the general discussion on economic, political and social issues.
The Department's current research is focused on the following topics:
- Dynamic Incentive Theory
- Strategic Models of Resource and Energy Markets
- Dynamic Personnel Economics
- Housing Markets, Industry Dynamics, and IT Economics
- Linked Register Data: Programme Evaluation
- Labor Economics
- Economics of Education
- Analysis of Institutional Changes in Specific Markets