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Economics Research Group

About the research group

The current research topics of the Economics Research Group are

  • Competence: innovation and intangible capital in companies and the economy
  • Financial literacy and financial education
  • Firm-level energy and environmental economics issues
  • Banking and macroeconomic stability
  • Connections and interactions between financial markets and the real world

The research group emphasizes the importance of competence. The most important factors in productivity growth are investment in education, economic literacy, research, innovation and digitalisation, which can be influenced both directly and indirectly by economic and environmental policies.

 

The projects address issues such as the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and the link to sustainable growth, the development of digital teaching methods in economics education and the assessment of their impact, environmental innovations by companies and the assessment of the Vaasa energy ecosystem as part of the global value chain.

The projects of the research program have been funded by the Academy of Finland, the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program, the European Regional Development Fund, the National Board of Education and Tekes (current Business Finland).

The research group's projects have a strong societal impact. Project leaders will take part in current discussions related to, among other things, innovation policy and the development of economics education.

The research group is coordinated by Professor Hannu Piekkola.

Research projects

Project Duration Actors
CEE4WES - Circular Economy Ecosystem for Waste-to-Energy Sector - VEBIC, Strategic business development, Economics, Management, Accounting and Finance, Smart electric systems
GLOBALINTO - Economics, Accounting and Finance

Research group members

Kuva
Hannu Piekkola

Hannu Piekkola

Professor, Economics
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498426
Toimisto
Tervahovi D230
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Kuva
Panu Kalmi

Panu Kalmi

Professor
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498528
Toimisto
Tervahovi D228
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Kuva
Juuso Vataja

Juuso Vataja

University Lecturer
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498515
Toimisto
Tervahovi D211
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Kuva
Petri Kuosmanen

Petri Kuosmanen

University Lecturer
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498493
Toimisto
Tervahovi D212
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Kuva
Jaana Rahko

Jaana Rahko

Assistant Professor (tenure track)
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
Puhelin
+358294498505
Toimisto
Tervahovi D231
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Kuva
Gökhan Buturak

Gökhan Buturak

Researcher
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498536
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Kuva
Saija Alanko

Saija Alanko

Doctoral Researcher
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498527
Toimisto
Tervahovi D229
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Antti Norkio

Antti Norkio

Doctoral Researcher
School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Puhelin
+358294498599
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Kuva
Lauri Parikka

Lauri Parikka

School of Accounting and Finance, Economics
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Toimisto
Tervahovi D232
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