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Tuukka Saarimaa is an assistant professor of urban economics at the Department of Economics and the Department of Built Environment. His research focuses on housing and urban economics, and local public finance.

Before joining Aalto University, Saarimaa worked at the VATT Institute for Economic Research. He has also been a visiting researcher at Tufts University and the London School of Economics. His work has been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

Award Date: 22 Apr 2009

Master of Social Sciences

Award Date: 3 Jan 2003


  • Urban Economics
  • Housing Policy

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Research Output

Aaltovaikutus = The Aalto Effect

Hölttä, M. (ed.), Flowers, A. (ed.), Hopiavaara, R. (ed.), Särkisilta-Lundberg, R. (ed.), Tolonen, A. (ed.), Seppälä, H. (ed.), Norjamäki, N. (ed.), Rosin, S. (ed.), Ollikainen, T. (ed.), Kinnunen, K. (ed.), Aulanko-Jokirinne, T. (ed.), Syri, S., Lundström, M., Malmi, T., Saarimaa, T., Helke, S., Kaski, S., Mäkelä, M., Mladenovic, M. & Remes, H., 2019, Aalto University. 198 p. (Aalto-yliopiston julkaisusarja CROSSOVER; vol. 2019, no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyProfessional

Open Access

Political representation and effects of municipal mergers

Harjunen, O., Saarimaa, T. & Tukiainen, J., 12 Apr 2019, In : Political Science Research and Methods.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Best education money can buy? Capitalization of school quality in Finland

    Harjunen, O., Kortelainen, M. & Saarimaa, T., 1 Jun 2018, In : CESifo Economic Studies. 64, 2, p. 150-175 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Effects of Municipal Mergers on Voter Turnout

    Lapointe, S., Saarimaa, T. & Tukiainen, J., 4 Jul 2018, In : Local Government Studies. 44, 4, p. 512-530 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)


    Kaupunkitutkim. postdoc E703

    Saarimaa, T. & Bratu, C.


    Project: Other external funding: Municipalities


    Saarimaa, T.


    Project: Other external funding: Municipalities