Lauri Mäkinen
Master of Social Sciences

University Teacher, Social Policy (Department of Social Research)
Doctoral Student, Social Policy (Department of Social Research)
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Areas of expertise
Reference budgets, poverty measurement, quantitative research methods.


I completed my MA in 2012 at the University of Turku (Department of Social Research). I am currently working on my doctoral dissertation. The dissertation focuses on minimum necessary consumption and poverty. I have worked as a researcher in two projects funded by the European Commission: Improve (2012-2016) and a pilot project for developing a common methodology for reference budgets (2014-2015). Both projects focused on constructing cross-nationally comparable reference budgets for Europe.


My research focuses on minimum necessary consumption and poverty. The doctoral dissertation concentrates on minimum living standard in Finland. This in analysed from different perspectives and different datasets. The research aims to paint a clear picture on what is the minimum necessary consumption in Finland.

Teaching (2018-2019)
Multivariate Methods
Research Seminar for Bachelor’s Thesis
Poverty and Social Exclusion
Quantitative Research Methods
International Classics in Social Policy Research


What Does It Mean to Live on the Poverty Threshold? Lessons From Reference Budgets (2019) Decent Incomes for All. Improving Policies in Europe Tim Goedemé, Tess Penne, Tine Hufkens, Alexandros Karakitsios, Anikó Bernát, Bori Simonovits, Elena Carillo Alvarez, Eleni Kanavitsa, Irene Cussó Parcerisas, Jordi Riera Romaní, Lauri Mäkinen, Manos Matsaganis, Marco Arlotti, Marianna Kopasz, Péter Szivós, Veli-Matti Ritakallio, Yuri Kazepov, Karel Van den Bosch, Bérénice Storms
A3 Book chapter)

Consensus or dissensus? Analysing people's perceptions of the necessities of life in Finland (2018)
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Mäkinen Lauri
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Viitebudjetti köyhyyden mittarina – muuttuuko köyhyyden kuva? (2017)
Lauri Mäkinen
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Can reference budgets be used as a poverty line? (2016) Tess Penne, Irene Cussó Parcerisas, Lauri Mäkinen, Bérénice Storms, Tim Goedemé
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Perusturvan riittävyys ja köyhyys (2016) Pasi Moisio, Susanna Mukkila, Ilari Ilmakunnas, Lauri Mäkinen, Paula Saikkonen
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Viitebudjettipohjaisen köyhyysmittarin rakentaminen (2016) Lauri Mäkinen
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Keskustelu käännettävä lyhyistä sairauspoissaoloista pitkiin (2012)
Turun Sanomat
Järvi Laura, Mäkinen Lauri
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article)

Ruotsia seuraten... sairauspoissaolon ensimmäinen päivä palkattomaksi? (2012)
Mäkinen Lauri
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Last updated on 2019-16-07 at 02:21