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Institutions in Context: Gender Equality and Policy

4-10 June, 2018

Gender equality is a recurrent and relevant topic of global importance. The Nordic countries, and Finland in particular, are highlighted as most successful in terms of gender equality, however even these countries continue to see problems, such as unequal pay and glass ceilings. Through insights from experimental economics, sociology, economics, and other fields,  this workshop explores what gender equality would entail and what policies would be most likely to be successful.


Workshop Program


Call for Student Papers 2018

Application form 2018

Holt Paper

Past Workshops


Institutions in Context: Healthcare Institutions and Policy

5-11 June, 2017

As healthcare costs continue to grow globally, countries and governments have incentives to search for a healthcare system that offers the maximum, in terms of coverage, at a minimum price. Given the international appeal of market economics, a market-based private insurance system is frequently offered as a superior alternative to government provided coverage. This workshop will address the advantages and disadvantages of both extreme types of systems and of hybrid public-private systems from the angle of economics, political science, medicine, and other fields. The workshop will also address other issues, priorities and challenges facing healthcare in the future.


The organizers would like to thank all of the participants in the Healthcare workshop!

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Workshop Program


 Call For Papers

Application Form




Theme: The Role of Money in Politics

6-12 June, 2016

                      The Citizen’s United ruling of the United States’ Supreme Court which allowed increased corporate influence in political campaigns is but one indication of the growing influence of money in politics. Thomas Piketty’s famous book Capital in the Twenty-First Century highlights growing inequalities on a global scale. Another important issue lies in the political motivations behind austerity policies and the impacts of these policies. What impacts could the influence of money in politics create? What policies could best address these concerns? 

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Application form for 2016


 Call for Papers 2016











Students talk


talk reception




The workshop series took a break in 2015 to focus on hosting the September conference: 10th Nordic Conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics

conference website

25-26 September, 2015

University of Tampere




9-15 June, 2014

Institutions in Context: The Free Market


The term ‘the free market’ has become so widely used that it is commonplace. The free market model is of central importance to economics and other disciplines that use, or explore how to use, "decentralization" concepts. Topics associated with this concept range from decentralized efficiencies and the "wisdom of the crowd" to concerns of greed and exploitation. Popular zeal for the concept, however, tends to ignore both the stringency of free market assumptions and the potential human consequences involved in relying on the market. This workshop examines the free market from a number of angles. We will explore the impact of the free market model and its extensions, and free market ideology. We will discuss positive and negative impacts of the use of the model in fields ranging from economics, political science, history, sociology and media. Topics include – but are not restricted to - the vast amount of market failure, the exciting implications of how free market notions can be usefully applied elsewhere, and the exciting implications of how concepts and tools from other disciplines can be usefully applied to help us improve upon the free market model in economics itself.


Call for Papers 

Application form for 2014 workshop






Institutions in Context: Inequality


International Workshop

Held at the University of Tampere, Finland

3-9 June, 2013


The organizers would like to thank all participants in the Inequality workshop! A special thanks goes to the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for funding.


Photo by Erik Sieberg

GroupPhoto8.6..jpgPhoto by Juha Mikkonen

Change in the workshop's program: FRI 7.6 LECTURES BEGIN AT 10.30!!!!!

Due to change in scheduling, Marianne Bitler already presented her work on Monday (although she had been originally scheduled for Friday). Therefore tomorrow's workshop session will be an hour shorter, meaning that we begin at 10.30 (an hour later than what is said in the program).


For exact schedule, please see our


(last updated 23 May)


Scholars from around the world come together to discuss inequality: its causes and effects, and solutions to it. Inequality is a major social, political and economic problem that has an effect on all of our lives. Come hear about it from over 40 guest speakers and doctoral students. 

The workshop is open to all UTA students and staff!

You may attend any of the lectures without beforehand registrations. For lecture titles, starting times and lecture halls, see our program.  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us: 

Intern Hilkka Vähänen

tel: +358 50 318 6915

e-mail: hilkka.vahanen(at) 

Professor Katri K. Sieberg

tel: +358 50 318 6216

e-mail: katri.sieberg(at) 

International coordinator Anna Vähämäki

tel: + 358 50 318 6639

e-mail: anna.vahamaki(at)


The workshop is organized and hosted by the North American Studies program of the University of Tampere, and funded by the Jane and Erkko Foundation.

This particular workshop also involves cooperation between the North American Studies Program and the Finnish National Doctoral Program of Work and Welfare Studies (LabourNet).




Call for papers

Application form  










Institutions in Context: Dictatorship and Democracy


Tampere, Finland

4-10 June, 2012


The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated in the workshop Institutions in Context: Dictatorship and Democracy. A special thanks goes again to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.


photo by Pi-Han Tsai

Program updated 3.6. (PDF)

Map of Tampere with central locations

The Hotel, University, Bus station and Railway station are all within a 10 minute walk

Map of the University Campus

All the venues take place in the Main Building of the University


Call for Papers (pdf)

Application form (excel)









Institutions in Context: The Welfare State


Tampere, Finland

6-12 June, 2011


The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated in the workshop Institutions in Context: The Welfare State. A special thanks goes again to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.




Summer School participants at Museum Center Vapriikki

Participants at Museum Center Vapriikki, Photo by William Heller

Special thanks to the speakers of 2011

Barbara Barrett, United States Ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009, Professor Katerina Sherstyuk, economics University of Hawaii, Robin Lunge, member of the Legislative Council in the U.S. State of Vermont, Professor William Heller, political science Binghamton University, Professor Lane Kenworthy, sociology University of Arizona, Anneli Duffin, teacher and chair of Special Education Dunsten Middle School, Colorado, Professor Melissa Marshall, political science ,Rice University, Professor Montgomery Van Wart, public administration California State San Bernardino, Professor Lawrence Brown, public health Columbia University, Professor Henry Milner, political science University of Montreal, Professor Cathie Jo Martin, political science Boston University, Susan Bartlett, Special Assistant to Governor Shumlin of Vermont, Professor Hannu Vartiainen, economics, University of Helsinki, Doctor Outi Laine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Hematology, Tampere University Hospital, Professor Heikki Ervasti, political sociology, University of Turku, Professor Pauli Kettunen, history, University of Helsinki, Professor Arja Rimpelä, medical science University of Tampere, Professor Eero Ropo, education University of Tampere, Hannele Loponen, teacher Tammelan Koulu, Tampere, Lasse Loponen, principal of Vehmainen Koulu, Tampere, Professor Eeva Hujala, education University of Tampere, Professor Markku Sotarauta, political science University of Tampere, Professor Pertti Koistinen, sociology, University of Tampere, Professor Katri Sieberg, North American Studies University of Tampere.

Special thanks to the students of 2011

Benjamin Andrus, political science,  Binghamton University, Matthew E. Bergman, political science, UC San Diego, Courage Bobong Fon, sociology, University of Tampere, Mathias Ebot, sociology, University of Eastern Finland, Diego Fossati, political science, Cornell University, Diego Grijalva, economics, UC Irvine, Jason Hecht, political science, Cornell University, Markus Kantola, political science, University of Turku, Ryan Kendall, economics, UC Irvine, Marc-Antoine Le Page, management, University of Tampere, Matthew Maguire, political science, Boston University, Andreea Meierean, political science, Boston University, John Marshall, political science, Harward University, Tomas Masar, history, University of Tampere, Nadja Mäkelä, history, University of Helsinki, Pasi Nevalainen, political science, University of Turku, Katri Otonkorpi-Lehtoranta, sociology, University of Tampere, Sierra Powell, political science, UC Irvine, Anna Tatlock, Sociology, UC Irvine, Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, health science, University of Tampere, Juha Ylisalo, political science, University of Turku, Jaana Minkkinen, Sociology, University of Tampere.  






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Tampere, Finland

 31 May - 6 June, 2010


The orgnizers of the workshop would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and students who participated. A special thanks goes to the funder; the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.




Participants at the Estonian Parliament

 Summer School participants at the Estonian Parliament, photo by Constantine Boussalis

                                                                                                                                                           Photo by W. Heller

Back row: Constantine Boussalis/CGU, Donald Saari/UC Irvine, Touko Berry/U of Tampere, Igor Logvinenko/Cornell, Andrew Little/NYU, Matthew Bergmann/Arizona State, Samantha Gassie/Arizona State, Aparna Kehr/Binghamton U, Diana Branduse/ Binghamton U, Yusuf Varli/U of Iowa, Olga Shvetshova/Binghamton U, Benjamin Fordhamn/Binghamton U

Front row: Juha Helin/U of Turku, Fatemeh Shayan/U of Tampere, William Heller/Binghamton University, Katri Sieberg/U of Tampere, John O. Ledyard/Caltech, Gregory Winger/Boston U. Laura Lucas/Boston U. Ryan Kendall/UC Irvine, Andreas Nohn/U of Hamburg, Alexander Lust Cornell

dinner   classroom  Jacek and John       parliament tour  Will, Erik, and JP


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