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Koskela, Erkki

Works: 462 works in 971 publications in 3 languages and 2,983 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other
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Most widely held works by Erkki Koskela
Economics of forest resources by Gregory S Amacher( )

12 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book first presents the historical and classic models that every student or researcher in forest economics must know, including Faustmann and Hartman approaches, public goods, spatial interdependence, two period life-cycle models, and overlapping generations problems. It then discusses topics including policy instrument choice, deforestation, biodiversity conservation, and age class based forest modeling. Finally, it surveys such advanced topics as uncertainty in two-period models, catastrophic risk, stochastic control problems, deterministic optimal control, and stochastic and deterministic dynamic programming approaches. Boxes with empirical content illustrating applications of the theoretical material appear throughout. Each chapter is self-contained, allowing the reader, student, or instructor to use the text according to individual needs."--GoogleBooks
Green tax reform and competitiveness by Erkki Koskela( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper develops a model of a small open economy that produces an export good with domestic labour and imported energy and is stuck in an unemployment situation resulting from an excessive fixed net-of-tax wage rate. We study a revenue-neutral green tax reform that substitutes energy for wage taxes. A moderate green tax reform will boost employment, improve welfare, and increase the economy's competitiveness. The driving force behind these results is the technological substitution process that a green tax reform will bring about by inducing the producers to substitute labour for energy as factors of production. The resulting reduction in unemployment is welfare increasing since energy, which the country has to buy at its true national opportunity cost, is replaced with labour, whose price is above its social opportunity cost. As long as the labour tax rate exceeds the resource tax rate, a revenue-neutral green-tax reform will reduce the domestic firms' unit cost of production and hence increase international competitiveness and output of the economy
Savings behavior : theory, international evidence, and policy implications by International Evidence and Policy Implications Conference on Savings Behavior: Theory( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The studies in the first part of this volume focus on measurement issues associated with national saving and its sectoral components. An historical perspective on saving in 11 OECD countries during the last 100 years is also presented. This is followed by analysis of private and household saving ratios in the US, Japan, Italy and the Nordic countries. Distinctions are made between eg. "low" savers such as the Nordic countries and "high" savers such as Japan and Italy. Saving behaviour in less developed countries is also analyzed, with an emphasis on the interaction between liquidity constraints, uncertainties and the lack of insurance markets. Based on numerical simulations of the impact of demographic changes on capital formation, another study argues for the usefulness of generational accounts instead of the usual fiscal deficits and surpluses in considering the relationships between fiscal policy and saving. The final two papers are a review of the relationship between national saving and domestic investment, and a study of the determination of world interest rates via the interaction of world saving and investment. -- Publisher description
A study of bank behaviour and credit rationing by Erkki Koskela( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and Finnish and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outsourcing and labor taxation in dual labor markets by Erkki Koskela( )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We evaluate the effects of international outsourcing and labor taxation on wage formation and equilibrium unemployment in dual labor markets. Outsourcing promotes wage dispersion between the high-skilled and low-skilled workers. Higher domestic low-skilled wage tax, higher payroll tax and lower wage tax exemption increase optimal outsourcing. Outsourcing will reduce equilibrium unemployment of low-skilled workers both in the presence and absence of labor taxation. In the presence of outsourcing, wage tax, tax exemption and payroll tax have an ambiguous effect on equilibrium unemployment. Increasing the degree of tax progression decreases the wage rate and increases the demand of low-skilled workers
The role of profit sharing in a dual labour market with flexible outsourcing by Erkki Koskela( )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We analyze the following questions associated with flexible outsourcing under partly imperfect dual domestic labour markets, where high skilled workers participate in firm's profit via profit sharing: How does the implementation of profit sharing influence flexible outsourcing? What is the relationship between outsourcing cost, profit sharing and wages? We show that profit sharing has a positive effect on low skilled wage and thus an outsourcing enhancing character. The wages of both types of labour are negatively correlated and lower outsourcing cost can increase the wage dispersion by decreasing the low skilled wage and raising the high skilled wage. The overall effect of profit sharing on high skilled wage is ambiguous due to a positive direct effect and a negative indirect effect via the low skilled wage
Flexible outsourcing and the impacts of labour taxation in European welfare states by Erkki Koskela( )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In European Welfare States, low-skilled workers are typically unionized, while the wage formation of high-skilled workers is more competitive. To focus on this aspect, we analyze how flexible international outsourcing and labour taxation affect wage formation, employment and welfare in dual domestic labour markets. Higher productivity of outsourcing, lower cost of outsourcing and lower factor price of outsourcing increase wage dispersion between the high-skilled and low-skilled workers. Increasing wage tax progression of lowskilled workers decreases the wage rate and increases the labour demand of low-skilled workers. It decreases the welfare of low-skilled workers and increases both the welfare of high-skilled workers and the profit of firms
Optimal redistributive taxation and provision of public input goods in an economy with outsourcing and unemployment by Thomas Aronsson( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper concerns optimal redistributive income taxation and provision of a public input good in a two-type model with a minimum wage policy implemented for the low-ability type, where firms may use some of their resources for outsourcing by locating part of the production process abroad. Our results show that the incentive to relax the self-selection constraint and the incentive to increase employment among the low-skilled reinforce each other in terms of marginal income taxation. In addition, the appearance of equilibrium unemployment also provides an incentive for the government to directly tax outsourcing. Without a direct instrument for taxing outsourcing, the government may reduce the amount of resources spent on outsourcing by increased provision of the public input good, which is desirable in the sense that reduced outsourcing contributes to less wage inequality and increased employment. -- Outsourcing ; optimal nonlinear taxation ; public goods ; unemployment
Irreversible investment under interest rate variability new results by Luis H. R Alvarez( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The current extensive literature on irreversible investment decisions makes the assumption of constant interest rate. In this paper we study the impact of interest rate and revenue variability on the decision to carry out an irreversible investment project. Given the generality of the considered valuation problem, we first provide a thorough mathematical characterization of the problem and develop some new results. Contrary to what previous literature has suggested we establish that interest rate variability may have a profound decelerating or accelerating impact on investment demand depending on whether the current interest rate is below or above the long run steady state interest rate. Moreover, and importantly, allowing for interest rate uncertainty is shown to decelerate rational investment demand by raising both the required exercise premium of the irreversible investment opportunity and the value of waiting. Finally, we demonstrate that increased revenue volatility strengthens the negative impact of interest rate uncertainty and vice versa
Strategic outsourcing, profit sharing and equilibrium unemployment by Erkki Koskela( )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We analyze the following questions associated with outsourcing and profit sharing under imperfect labour markets. How does strategic outsourcing influence wage formation, profit sharing and employee effort when firms commit to optimal profit sharing before wage formation or decide for profit sharing after wage formation. What is the relationship between outsourcing, profit sharing, and equilibrium unemployment depending on whether in other industries profit share is or is not a part of the compensation scheme. What is the optimal production mode in terms of strategic outsourcing. We find that if firms will decide on profit sharing before the wage formation, higher outsourcing decreases wage whereas profit sharing has an ambiguous effect. Under flexible profit sharing wage is higher if optimal profit share is small enough. For equilibrium unemployment, we find that if there is no profit sharing in other industries, outsourcing will decrease the unemployment rate. But if profit sharing is a part of the outside option, then this effect is ambiguous
Saddles, indeterminacy, and bifurcations in an overlapping generations economy with a renewable resource by Erkki Koskela( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors incorporate a renewable resource into an overlapping generations model with standard, well behaved utility and constant returns to scale production functions. Besides being a factor of production the resource serves as a store of value. They characterize dynamics, efficiency and stability of steady state equilibria and show that the nature of steady state equilibrium depends on the value of the intemporal elasticity of substitution in consumption. An overlapping generations economy with renewable resource can display cycles and indeterminacy even in the absence of externalities or imperfect competition
Analysis of labor tax progression under heterogeneous domestic labor markets and flexible outsourcing by Erkki Koskela( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are the impacts of labor tax reform on wage setting and employment to keep the relative tax burden per low-skilled and high-skilled workers constant in the case of heterogeneous domestic labor markets, i.e. imperfect competition in low-skilled labor and perfect competition in high-skilled labor in the presence of outsourcing? A higher degree of tax progression by raising the wage tax and the tax exemption for the low-skilled workers will decrease the wage rate and increase labor demand of low-skilled workers, whereas it will decrease (increase) employment of high-skilled workers in CES utility function when the elasticity of substitution between consumption and leisure is higher (lower) than one. A higher degree of wage tax progression for the high-skilled worker will have no effect on the highskilled wage in the presence of CES utility function. -- heterogeneous domestic labor markets ; wage bargaining ; impacts of labor taxation ; outsourcing
A general approach to the stochastic rotation problem with amenity valuation by Luis H. R Alvarez( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper presents a new approach to study the optimal rotation policy with amenity valuation under uncertainty. We first postulate the stochastic forest value and assume plausibly that monetary value of amenities is a continuous and non-negative function of forest value thus presenting the trade-off between timber revenues and amenity values. Second, instead of using a dynamic programming approach, we derive a recursive representation of the total forest value and solve the optimal rotation threshold by applying ordinary non-linear programming techniques. Third, we characterize under certain set of conditions how the properties of both the expected cumulative value and the expected marginal cumulative value, accrued from amenity services, depend on the precise nature of the monetary valuation of amenities and what is the impact of volatility on these concepts. Finally, we illustrate our results explicitly in models based on logistic growth by focusing on the role of amenity valuation and volatility of forest value in the determination of Wicksellian and Faustmannian thresholds. Our theoretical and numerical findings emphasize the crucial importance of the nature of amenity valuation for the impact of higher volatility of forest value on the rotation thresholds
Equilibrium unemployment with credit and labour market imperfections by Erkki Koskela( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optimal factor taxation under wage bargaining : a dynamic perspective by Erkki Koskela( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optimal capital taxation in economies with unionised and competitive labour markets by Erkki Koskela( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stabilizing competitive cycles with distortionary taxation by Erkki Koskela( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We utilize a simple overlapping generations model with a balanced budget rule to study the effect of distortionary taxation on cycles and local stability of equilibria. We show that under proportional taxation there is a critical tax rate above which cycles will vanish, while in the case of linearly progressive taxation there is a critical level of exemption below which cycles will vanish as well. Hence, a sufficiently high tax rate and a low tax progression eliminate cycles. If the lifetime utility function is quasi-linear, increasing the tax rate can cause the economy to become locally unstable both with proportional and linearly progressive taxation so that tax exemption does not matter. Finally, if the lifetime utility function is not quasi-linear, for small tax rates an increase in progression can locally destabilize the economy
Optimal forest taxation under private and social amenity valuation by Erkki Koskela( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Capital structure, wage bargaining and employment by Erkki Koskela( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optimal factor income taxation in the presence of unemployment by Erkki Koskela( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Finnish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to conventional wisdom internationally mobile capital should not be taxed or should be taxed at a lower rate than labour. An important underlying assumption behind this view is that there are no market imperfections, in particular that labour markets clear competitively. At least for Europe, which has been suffering from high unemployment f or a long time, this assumption does not seem appropriate. This paper studies the optimal factor taxation in the presence of unemployment which results from the union-firm wage bargaining both with optimal and restricted profit taxation when capital is internationally mobile and labour immobile. In setting tax rates the government is assumed to behave as a Stackelberg leader towards the private sector playing a Nash game. The main conclusion is that in the presence of unemployment, the conventional wisdom turns on its head; capital should generally be taxed at a higher rate than labour
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Economics of forest resources
Alternative Names
Erkki Koskela economista finlandés

Erkki Koskela Finnish economist, professor emeritus (Economics, University of Helsinki), academy professor (Academy of Finland)

Erkki Koskela Fins econoom

Erkki Koskela suomalainen kansantaloustieteen, erityisesti finanssiopin emeritusprofessori (Helsingin yliopisto), akatemiaprofessori (Suomen Akatemia)

Koskela, Erkki A.

Koskela, Erkki A. 1946-

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