PhD in public economics (2022), Tampere University. Master of Theology (2020) in religion sociology, The University of Helsinki. Master of Economics (2013), Tampere University.

Current position

Post-doctoral researcher at Tampere University, funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation

Previous work experience

Project researcher (1/2022-6/2022), Finnish Centre of Excellence in Tax Systems Research (FIT) funded by the Academy of Finland, Tampere University 

Grant researcher, (9/2021 - 12/2022), Tampere University 

University teacher (8/2020 - 7/2021), Tampere University 

Project researcher (11/2018-7/2020), Work, Inequality and Public Policy (WIP) funded by the Academy of Finland, Tampere University 

Research school (6/2017-10/2018), Tampere University 

Visiting researcher (1/2017-6/2017) : Centre for European Economic Research - ZEW Mannheim


Mathematical economics I (2021), Tampere University                                                                                        Bachelor thesis seminar (2020), Tampere University                                                                                                      Advanced econometrics (TA), (2017-2018, 2020-2021), Tampere University                                                        Visiting lectures, economic policy, Tampere University

Development projects

EU-Social Protection Systems (2/2018-3/2018), we developed social protection curricula for higher education institutions in Zambia and Tanzania.

UNU-WIDER (various months between 2/2020-3/2021). In a joint project between UNU-WIDER, Tanzanian tax authorities and the Finnish tax authorities (VERO), we evaluate the tax revenue effects of a risk-based approach to firm tax examinations in Tanzania.

Research and publications

Palviainen, H. (2022). Incentivizing last-resort social assistance clients: Evidence from a Finnish policy experiment.  International Tax and Public Finance, 1-19.

Ebrahim, A., Kisanga, E., Swema, E., Leyaro, V., Mhede, E.P., Mdee, E., Palviainen, H. and Pirttilä, J. (2021). The effects of a risk-based approach to tax examinations: Evidence from Tanzania (No. wp-2021-150). World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER). R&R, International Tax and Public Finance. 

Palviainen, H. (2019). Changing Nordic model? A policy analysis. EUROMOD Working Paper EM 9/19. Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER): University of Essex.

Palviainen, H. (2018). Työssäkäyvien köyhyys Suomessa 1990-2010. Kansantaloudellinen aikakauskirja 114 (4), 495-512.

Policy work

Palviainen, H. (2020). Evolution of social protection systems and incentives in Finland
and its comparison countries. Background report for the Finnish Economic Policy Council.

Other writings

Palviainen, H. (2020). Yksi pohjoismainen malli? Politiikkatoimien vaikutus eriarvoisuuden kehitykseen Suomessa ja vertailumaissa. Talous & Yhteiskunta 48 (3), 10-15.

Palviainen, H. (2022) Verotus, sosiaaliturva ja tulonjako Pohjoismaissa. Kansantaloudellinen aikakauskirja 118 (4), 586-589.

Position of trust

City of Tampere, member of the scientific grant trust (23.8.2021-31.5.2023) [Tampereen kaupungin tiedeapurahatoimikunta]


Palviainen, H. (2022). Essays on Poverty, Redistribution and Labour Market Policies in Nordic Countries. Tampere University Dissertations 551. Faculty of Management and Business. 

Palviainen, H. (2020). Entisten Jehovan todistajien yhteiskunnallinen osallisuus. Master's thesis, the University of Helsinki. Faculty of Theology.