Esa Karonen is a project researcher and a PhD-student at the University of Turku. His studies revolve around intergenerational economic inequalities from the perspective of life course theory. This research offers a holistic approach to the economic inequality studies, because the chosen framework is based on intergenerational differences over income, wealth and consumption. He is interested in how different birth-cohorts and inequalities among them are developed over lifetime and how these "life course trajectories" differ from generation to generation. His research is focused on answering how economic shocks, taxes and national governance systems effect various forms of economic inequalities.