Mika Kortelainen

Mika Kortelainen

Year of birth: 1979
Official title: Research Professor
Tel. +358 29 524 8302
E-mail: [email protected] 


  • Financing of social and healthcare services
  • Effectiveness of social and healthcare service
  • Causal inference with observational data
  • Economics of education

Primary duties

  • Research
  • Expert work


  • 2014 Docent, Economics, University of Helsinki 
  • 2008 PhD in Economics, University of Joensuu

Professional background

  • 2023-, Research Professor, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
  • 2019-, Professor, University of Turku
  • 2011-2023, Chief Researcher, VATT Institute for Economic Research

Language skills

  • Finnish 
  • English 
  • Swedish 

Professional memberships

  • 2019-, Co-editor, Journal of the Finnish Economic Association
  • 2020-, Co-editor, Nordic Journal of Health Economics
  • 2019-, Associate editor, Health Care Management Science


  • Salo, J., M. Hägg, M. Kortelainen, T. Leino, T. Saxell, M. Siikanen and L. Sääksvuori (2022) The indirect effect of mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccination on unvaccinated household members. Nature Communications 13, 1162.
  • Costa-Ramón, A.M., M. Kortelainen, A. Rodríguez-González and L. Sääksvuori (2022) The long-run effects of cesarean sections. Journal of Human Resources, 57(6), 2048-2085.
  • Aaltio, J., V. Hyttinen, M. Kortelainen, G.W.J. Frederix, T. Lönnqvist, A. Suomalainen, P. Isohanni Cost-effectiveness of whole-exome sequencing in progressive neurological disorders of children. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 2022, 36, 30-36.
  • Sainio, M., J. Aaltio, V. Hyttinen, M. Kortelainen, S. Ojanen, A. Paetau, P. Tienari, E. Ylikallio, M. Auranen and H. Tyynismaa (2021) Effectiveness of clinical exome sequencing in adult patients with difficult-to-diagnose neurological disorders. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 145, 63-72.
  • Saastamoinen, A. and M. Kortelainen (2020): When does money stick in education? Evidence from a kinked grant rule. Education Finance and Policy, 15(4).
  • Saastamoinen, A., V. Hyttinen, M. Kortelainen, J. Aaltio, M. Auranen, E. Ylikallio, T. Lönnqvist, M. Sainio, A. Suomalainen, H. Tyynismaa and P. Isohanni (2020): Attitudes towards genetic testing and information: Does parenthood shape the views?  Journal of Community Genetics, 11: 461–473.
  • Kortelainen, M. and K. Manninen (2019): Effectiveness of private and public high schools: Evidence from Finland. CESifo Economic Studies 65(4), 424–445.

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