Associate Research Professor, VATT Institute for Economic Research
Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Aalto University
Research Fellow, IZA
External Research Fellow, CReAM


matti.sarvimaki[a], +358 40 304 5515
Arkadiankatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Working papers

Habit Formation and the Misallocation of Labor: Evidence from Forced Migrations | Slides
with Roope Uusitalo and Markus Jäntti

Why Does Portfolio Choice Correlate across Generations?
with Samuli Knüpfer and Elias Rantapuska

Finding a Ladder: Entry Jobs, Ethnic Segregation and Labor Market Integration of Immigrants
with Laura Ansala and Olof Åslund

Post-Secondary Education and Information on Labor Market Prospects: A Randomized Field Experiment | Slides | Treatment material
with Sari Pekkala Kerr, Tuomas Pekkarinen and Roope Uusitalo

The Local Economic Impacts of Regeneration Projects: Evidence from UK's Single Regeneration Budget
with Steve Gibbons and Henry Overman

Slipping through the Cracks of a Welfare State? Children of Immigrants in Finland
with Laura Ansala and Ulla Hämäläinen
Under revision for the Journal of Economic Geography

Agglomeration in the Periphery | Appendix
[new version coming soon]


Secular Rise in Economically Valuable Personality Traits | Appendix | Vox column
with Markus Jokela, Tuomas Pekkarinen, Marko Terviö and Roope Uusitalo
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, 114(25): 6527–6532

Formative Experiences and Portfolio Choice: Evidence from the Finnish Great Depression | Appendix
with Samuli Knüpfer and Elias Rantapuska
Journal of Finance, 2017, 72(1): 133–166

The Evolution of Social Mobility: Norway during the 20th Century | Appendix
with Tuomas Pekkarinen and Kjell Salvanes
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2017, 119(1): 5–33

The Impact of Forced Migration on Mortality: a Cohort Study of 242,075 Finns in 1939-2010
with Jari Haukka, Pekka Martikainen and Jaana Suvisaari
Epidemiology, 2017, 28(4): 587–593

Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Finland
Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2017, 7(1): 91–114

Integrating Immigrants: The Impact of Restructuring Active Labor Market Policies
with Kari Hämäläinen
Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, 34(2): 479–508

Assimilation to a Welfare State: Labor Market Performance and Use of Social Benefits by Immigrants to Finland
Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2011, 113(3): 665–688

Work in progress

Sharing the Pain? The Distributional Consequences of the Collapse of Finnish-USSR Trade
with Arnaud Costinot and Jon Vogel

The Making of Social Democracy: The Economic and Electoral Consequences of Norway's 1935 School Reform
with Daron Acemoglu, Tuomas Pekkarinen and Kjell Salvanes

Intergenerational Effects of Integration Policies
with Hanna Pesola

The Impact of Forced Migration on Mental Health: Evidence from Finland's post-WWII Resettlement Policy
with Henri Salokangas , Jari Haukka, Pekka Martikainen and Jaana Suvisaari

Selected policy papers

Dealing with the Refugee Crisis: Policy Lessons from Economics and Political Science
with Dominik Hangartner. Background report for Finland's Economic Policy Council.

Parempi tapa valita korkeakouluopiskelijat
with Tuomas Pekkarinen. VATT Policy Brief 1-2016

Kotoutumissuunnitelmien vaikutukset maahanmuuttajien lasten koulutusvalintoihin
with Kari Hämäläinen and Hanna Pesola. Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriön julkaisuja 43/2015

Maahanmuuttajien integroituminen Suomeen
with Laura Ansala, Essi Eerola, Kari Hämäläinen, Ulla Hämäläinen , Hanna Pesola and Marja Riihelä. VATT Analyysi 2, 2014.

Integroitumista vai eriytymistä? Maahanmuuttajalapset ja -nuoret Suomessa
with Laura Ansala and Ulla Hämäläinen. KELA Työpapereita 56/2014

Muuttoliikkeet, työmarkkinat ja julkinen talous
in Martikainen, Saukkonen, Säävälä (ed.): Muuttajat: Kansainvälinen muuttoliike ja suomalainen yhteiskunta. Gaudemus, 2013.

Vievätkö maahanmuuttajat kantaväestön työpaikat?
Talous & Yhteiskunta 4/2010: 10-15.

Maahanmuuton taloustiede: lyhyt johdatus
Kansantaloudellinen aikakauskirja 3/2010: 253-270.


Economic History
Integration of Immigrants
Labor Economics (with Tuomas Pekkarinen)
International Economics

Selected presentations and interviews

Social Scientists, Policy Makers and the Economics of Immigration (audio, 70min, in Finnish)
Podcast interview at Radio Helsinki

Causal Inference in Social Sciences (audio, 69min, in Finnish)
Podcast interview at Libera

Habit Formation and the Misallocation of Labor: Evidence from Forced Migrations (video, 28min; my part starts at 1:44:00)
Presentation at a Symposium on Quantitative History

Randomized Controlled Trials: Why and How? (video, 14min, in Finnish)
Presentation at the Prime Minister's Office

Impact of Integration Policies (audio, 13min, in Finnish; my part part starts at 6:30)
Radio interview at YLE

Immigrants in the Labor Market (video, 35min, in Finnish)
Presentation at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

History as a Laboratory (video, 45min, in Finnish; my part starts at 48:00)
Presentation at the Finnish Academy of Science

The Economic Impact of Immigration (audio, 29min, in Finnish)
Radio interview at YLE