Research, forecasting and policy assessment

ETLA Economic Research (Etla) is an independent, private, non-profit economic research institute. Etla conducts independent, applied economic research on key issues for Finnish business and the national economy.

RESEARCH PRIORITIES

1. Impacts of Economic Policy. The aim is to provide information on how economic policy can promote competition and business conditions between companies in Finland and improve the competitiveness of Finnish production on the world market.
2. Impact of Driving Forces (Megatrends). The research focuses on the driving forces’ (megatrend’s) effects on the business sector and on the preconditions of economic policies

RESEARCH TO SUPPORT POLICY MAKING

Results of extensive research projects are published as books or research reports, articles aimed at academic journals in the Working Papers series and short topical reports in the Policy Briefs series. The institute completes 10–15 major research projects and a dozen policy briefs annually.

Researchers lend their expertise to various committees and working groups set up by eg. government departments, appear in hearings at parliamentary committees, and give presentations in scientific conferences and other events. In addition, Etla’s researchers are available for comments and interviews.

ETLA FORECASTS

Etla’s forecasting group’s key publication Suhdanne appears twice a year. It contains Etla’s forecasts for international and domestic economy. A forecast of Finland’s greenhouse gas emission is based on this forecast. An industry-specific forecast is published twice a year and a subscriber-only monthly publication interprets key economic data overview of the state of the economy. All these reports are in Finnish.

SKILLED STAFF

Etla’s personnel comprise over 40 employees, most of the institute’s research staff have completed a doctorate degree in economics. Etla collaborates extensively with other domestic and foreign research institutes and universities, also with researchers in other fields than economics.

Etla’s operations are backed by the supporting member organizations, whose funding covers less than a third of the institute’s budget. The remaining two thirds is obtained as project funding for various research projects. Funding has been provided by the Academy of Finland, Business Finland, several government departments, various foundations, The Nordic Council of Ministers, and the European Commission.

Etla has two subsidiaries, Etlatieto Oy, active in project research, and Taloustieto Oy, a publisher of books on economics. Etla and The Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) have a joint board of directors, managing director and financial administration.

Head of Communication and Media Relations Tytti Sulander is responsible for Etla’s communications.

You can easily reach Etla’s staff by e-mail / phone:

PERSONNEL

Etla’s mission: Well-functioning and well-being Finland

Finnish jobs, well-being and prosperity are based on successful companies. A competitive environment requires the strengthening of the market economy conditions through predictable economic policies, which are based on scientific research.

Etla provides useful information based on economic research on questions central to the Finnish economy and especially business sector and contributes to economic policies in Finland.


International dimension

Etla is the only Finnish member of AIECE, the Association of European Forecasting Institutes, ENEPRI, the European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes, and EUROFRAME, the European Forecasting Research Association for the Macro-Economy.

Through the links below you can become acquainted with some of the key hubs of Etla’s international network.


Etla’s Goals

Etla produces useful information based on economics to support decision-making on important issues concerning the Finnish economy.

Etla has a current view on the state of the Finnish economy and a forecast based on this on overall economic development.

Etla assesses economic policy in a broad sense primarily in light of economic research data.


Supporting member organisations

    • Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
    • Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers (TT) Foundation
    • Federation of Finnish Commerce
    • Finnish Forest Industries Federation
    • Finance Finland
    • Technology Industries of Finland