In 2018, we established our own post-graduate incubator to fund post-graduate students. In 2019, three post-graduate students were selected for the incubator. The post-graduate incubator is supported and financed primarily by the Finnish Wage Earners’ Foundation (Palkansaajasäätiö). Students admitted to the incubator can focus on their post-graduate studies and completing their dissertations. Participation in the incubator involves a long-term commitment. The incubator’s activities focus on applied research without specifying the topics of the dissertations. Students receive guidance for their work from their own university, while their work in the incubator is supported by our own researchers.
The three students participating in the incubator in 2020 are Sami Jysmä, Tiina Kuuppelomäki and Aapo Kivinen. They are all second- to fourth-year post-graduate students from different universities who are engaged in both post-graduate courses and research for their dissertations. All students participating in the post-graduate incubator also spend a year at a major university abroad.
SAMI JYSMÄ attends the University of Tampere and was a research trainee with us already in 2016. He began his post-graduate studies a year ago and is now a member of our post-graduate incubator. The focus of his research has been on public finances (including the impact of the confectionery tax, the impact of mortgages on household consumption, and labour supply). Sami has proven to be a good researcher and is progressing in his studies according to his target schedule. Sami plans to spend a year conducting research at Harvard University beginning in autumn 2020.
TIINA KUUPPELOMÄKI is a third-year post-graduate student at the University of Tampere who has conducted educational research mainly under the supervision of Tuomas Pekkarinen (VATT). She has just spent a year at the University of Warwick doing post-graduate studies. She has been involved in research projects with several distinguished researchers, such as Hanna Virtanen (ETLA), Tuomo Suhonen and Mika Kortelainen (VATT), and is already making excellent progress on her dissertation.
AAPO KIVINEN is a second-year post-graduate student at Aalto University. He is currently working on a project together with our researcher Tuomas Kosonen and Professor Markus Jäntti at Stockholm University (income disparities in a dynamic framework, inheritance of economic status) and on a second project with Joonas Tuhkur (post-graduate student at MIT) on the topic of labour market change and robotisation with Joonas Tuhkuri (MIT postgraduate student). Aapo is currently studying at the University of Berkeley for one academic year and will return to the incubator in summer 2020.