Economics PhD student, Aalto University & The Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, Finland
I am an Economics PhD student specializing in applied Labor and Health Economics, as well as Economic History. My main research interest is the early-life formation of skills and preferences, including the interaction between childhood health and human capital formation. My current dissertation work focuses on the impacts of public health policies on health, education and labor market outcomes, both in Finland and the US.
PhD student in Economics,
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Labor Economics, Economic History, Health Economics
Aalto University Department of Economics
P.O. Box 21240 FI-00076 AALTO
2016 Master in Economics and Finance,
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
2015 Master of Social Sciences (Economic and Social History), University of Helsinki
Mass Vaccination and Educational Attainment: Evidence from the 1967–68 Measles Eradication Campaign Revise & resubmit (Journal of Health Economics)
joint work with: Philipp Barteska, Sonja Dobkowitz, and Michael Rieser
Previous versions of this paper include our Master's thesis at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a working paper circulated as "Vaccine-preventable Childhood Disease and Adult Human Capital: Evidence from the 1967 Measles Eradication Campaign in the United States".
We show that the first nationwide mass vaccination campaign against measles increased educational attainment in the United States. Our empirical strategy exploits the variation in exposure to the childhood disease across states right before the Measles Eradication Campaign of 1967–68, which reduced reported measles incidence by 90 percent within two years. Our results suggest that mass vaccination against measles increased the years of education on average by about 0.1 years for males in the affected cohorts. Their college graduation rate increased by approximately two percentage points.
Work in progress
Long-run Impacts of Universal Child Health Care
Aim: I estimate the impacts of the introduction of primary health care for children on adult outcomes. Universal child health services were rolled-out in Finnish municipalities in the 1940s. Thus, free-of-charge well-child visits with a public health nurse both at health stations and at home became available in the countryside, where half of the municipalities lacked any physicians. Using administrative and census data for Finnish cohorts born 1926--1970, I estimate the impacts of the child health station policy on adult educational attainment and labor market outcomes.
Intergenerational effects of forced migration (with Elias Dinas, Dominik Hangartner, llona Lahdelma & Matti Sarvimäki)