Susan Kuivalainen

Head of Department, Research
D.Soc.Sc., Docent
+358 29 411 2184

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Areas of research

  • social policy
  • social security
  • the ageing of the population
  • welfare
  • comparative research

Presentation

I am the Head of Research at the Finnish Centre for Pensions and in charge of our research in support of the evaluation and development of earnings-related pensions in Finland. My research subjects focus on social security schemes, comparative socio-politics and the economic well-being of the population.  Recently, my research has focused on the livelihood of retirees.

I have worked as the Head of Research at the Finnish Centre for Pensions since August 2013. Before that, I worked at the National Institute for Health and Welfare as a research professor in the Minimum Income Unit and as a lecturer/professor at the University of Turku.

Publications

Kuivalainen, S. & Järnefelt, N. & Kuitto, K. & Ritola, S. (2019) Naisten ja miesten eläke-erot: Katsaus tutkimukseen ja tilastoihin [Pension differences between women and men. Overview of research and statistics; in Finnish, with English summary]. Raportteja ja muistioita 2019:66. Helsinki: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Laaksonen, M. & Rantala, J. & Liukko, J. & Polvinen, A. & Varis, J. & Kesälä, M. & Kuivalainen, S. (2019) Individual- and Company-Level Predictors of Receiving Vocational Rehabilitation: A Multilevel Study of Finnish Private Sector Workplaces. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Online first. doi: 10.1007/s10926-019-09869-8

Laaksonen, M. & Rantala, J. & Liukko, J. & Polvinen, A. & Varis, J. & Kesälä, M. & Kuivalainen, S. (2019) Company-level determinants of disability retirement: a multilevel study of Finnish private sector workplaces. European Journal of Public Health. Online first. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckz068

Ahonen, K. & Kuivalainen, S. & Liukko, J. & Nivalainen, S. & Palomäki L.-M. & Polvinen, A. (eds.) (2019) Tutkimuksia eläkeläisten toimeentulokokemuksista ja taloudellisesta hyvinvoinnista [Studies on retirees’ perceived and overall economic well-being; in Finnish, with English summary].  Eläketurvakeskuksen tutkimuksia 02/2019.

Rantala, J. & Kuivalainen, S. & Pyy-Martikainen, M. & Riihelä, M. (2019) Samankaltaistuuko ikäihmisten köyhyys? Näkökulmia 75–84-vuotiainen naisten ja miesten pienituloisuuteen [Is the poverty gender gap shrinking? Perspectives on poverty rates among older men and women 75–84; in Finnish, with English summary]. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka 84(2): 165–178.

Halvorsen, R. & Hvinden, B. & Kuivalainen, S. & Schoyen, M. A. (2018) A new approach to promoting youth inclusion in the labour market? Disability in the Nordic welfare states. In Rune, Halvorsen & Bjørn, Hvinden (eds.) Youth, Diversity and Employment: Comparative Perspectives on Labour Market Policies. Edgar Elgar, 127–149.

Kuivalainen, S. & Nivalainen, S. & Järnefelt, N. & Kuitto, K. (2018) Length of working life and pension income. Empirical evidence on gender and socioeconomic differences from Finland. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.

Polvinen, A.& Laaksonen, M. & Rantala, J. & Hietaniemi, M. & Kannisto, J. & Kuivalainen, S. (2018) Working while on a disability pension in Finland: Association of diagnosis and financial factors to employment. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 46(Suppl 19): 74–81.

Kuivalainen, S. & Nivalainen, S. & Järnefelt, N. & Kuitto, K. (2018) Length of working life and pension income: Empirical evidence on gender and socioeconomic differences from Finland. In: Journal for Pension Economics and Finance, First View 27 September 2018.

Rantala, J. & Hietaniemi, M. & Nyman, H. & Laaksonen, M. & Kuivalainen, S. (eds.) (2017)  Työkyvyttömyyseläkkeensaajien eläketurva ja toimeentulo 2000-luvulla [The economic welfare of disability pensioners’ in the 2000s; in Finnish, with English summary]. Eläketurvakeskuksen tutkimuksia 04/2017.

Tenhunen, S. & Airio, I. & Kangas, O. & Koskenvuo, K. & Kuivalainen, S. (eds.) (2017) Eläketiedon merkitys – Suomalaisten mielipiteet vuoden 2017 eläkeuudistuksesta [The role of pension information – Finnish people’s opinions about the 2017 pension reform; in Finnish, with English summary]. Eläketurvakeskuksen tutkimuksia 02/2017.

Kuivalainen, S. & Rantala, R. & Ahonen, K. & Kuitto, K. & Palomäki, L.-M. (eds.) (2017) Eläkkeet ja eläkeläisten toimeentulo 1995–2015 [Pensions and pensioners’ economic welfare 1995–2015; in Finnish, with English summary]. Eläketurvakeskuksen tutkimuksia 01/2017.