Doctor of social sciences (economics) Hannu Piekkola has worked as professor in economics at University of Vaasa since 2007, and before that he was assigned as a Head of unit (labour market research) in ETLA The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy 1999-2006 and senior researcher in PT Labour institute of Economic research 1995-1998. I have been Head of Economics and Business Law unit in 2010-12 and 2015-. I have been president of the Joint Committee of Finnish Economic Associations 2000-2006 and Member of SATA committee on social protection set by Prime Minister's Office 2007-2009.
I teach on macroeconomics, macroprudential policy, public economics and Finnish Economy and European Integration. Teaching is based on empirical research on Finnish Economy using linked employer-employee data. In my teaching I emphasize the importance of innovations and also the important role of public sector to support the business environment. I am also engaged in teaching on Energy Economics.
I am the Head of the Economic Research Group. I was coordinator of large scale EU Horizon 2020 project GLOBALINTO www.globalinto.eu and EU 7th framework project INNODRIVE 2008-2011 that analyzed European growth and built micro and macro-level estimates of intangibles in EU27 area. Other EU projects include AGIR, AHEAD, AIM EU 6th and 5th framework projects in Enepri network (www.enepri.org) and ActivAge project. I have been project manager in three Business Finland financed projects on intangibles, where INNOEUROPE 2013-2014 analysed intangibles in Finland and Europe as source of future growth and INNOMITTA II 205-2017, a parallel project with VTT, compares Finnish and Danish manufacturing.
My studies relate to competitiveness, innovations, intangibles and labour market and I have been published in Journal of Productivity Analysis, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, LABOUR: Review of Income and Wealth, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, Applied Economics, Journal of Management and Governance. I was editor of Collective Bargaining and Labour Markets - Performance and Challenges published in Springer Verlag 2005 and special issue on intangible in Journal of Intellectual Capital.
My current research interests focus on innovations and investments on them - more specifically intangible capital, urbanization, environmental investments at company level and European competitiveness.
See all my publications in Researchgate.