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Dr Riikka Savolainen

Rikka SavolainenContact Details

Postal Address
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG









Phone: +44 (0)20 7848 8791

Room number: 9.13 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours

Monday 3-4pm, Thursday 11am-12pm (no office hours during Reading Week)


Previously, Riikka Savolainen worked as a Senior Researcher at a Finnish research institute. In the past, she served as a Special Advisor at the Budget Department at the Finnish Ministry of Finance.

She completed her PhD in Economics at the Aalto University (former Helsinki School of Economics), Finland, in 2015.

Her primary research fields are Public Economics and Political Economy and, in her research, she utilises empirical microeconometric methods.


Seminars for Principles of economics and for Econometrics


Riikka is interested in the behavioural impact of taxes and of redistribution. Her research interests also include the fiscal and labour market impacts of immigrants, especially those of refugees.

At present, she is studying the passthrough and the demand elasticity of a sweets tax. She is also working with how political experience influences politicians’ policy positions. 

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