Email:  matti.sarvimaki[at.]
Tel: +358 40 304 5515

Department of Economics, Aalto University
[former Helsinki School of Economics]
Arkadiankatu 7, 00100 Helsinki, Finland



Integrating Immigrants: The Impact of Restructuring ALMP. With Kari Hämäläinen
Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming

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

Working papers

Post-Secondary Education and Information on Labor Market Prospects: A Randomized Field Experiment (2015) | Slides | Treatment material
With Sari Pekkala Kerr, Tuomas Pekkarinen and Roope Uusitalo

The Evolution of Social Mobility: Norway over the 20th Century (2015)
With Tuomas Pekkarinen and Kjell Salvanes

Labor Market Experiences and Portfolio Choice: Evidence from the Finnish Great Depression (2014) | Appendix
With Samuli Knüpfer and Elias Rantapuska. Revised and resubmitted, Journal of Finance

Agglomeration in the Periphery (2011) | Appendix
[new version coming soon]

The Long-Term Effects of Forced Migration (2010)
With Roope Uusitalo and Markus Jäntti
[new version coming soon]

Work in progress

The Evolving Geography of Inequality. With Daron Acemoglu and Kjell Salvanes

International Trade and Labor Markets: Evidence from the Collapse of the U.S.S.R. With Arnaud Costinot and Jon Vogel

Urban Capital and Spillovers: Evidence from the London V-bombings. With Steve Redding and Daniel Sturm

The Impact of Subsidizing Commercial Space in Deprived Neighbourhoods. With Steve Gibbons and Henry Overman

An Anatomy of Assimilation: Entry Jobs, Ethnic Networks and Labor Market Integration in Finland and Sweden. With Laura Ansala and Olof Åslund

Policy papers (in Finnish)

See my VATT homepage


Economic History
Labor Economics (with Tuomas Pekkarinen)
International Economics


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