Research, forecasting and policy assessment

ETLA Economic Research (Etla) is a 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. Impact of Economic Policy. The aim is to find how economic policy can promote competition between companies improve operating conditions in Finland and the competitiveness of Finnish production on the world market.
  2. Impacts of Major Movements (Megatrends). Research examines the effects of key major movements (megatrends) on operating conditions in the business sector and the preconditions of Finland’s economic policy.

ETLA forecasts

Etla’s overall economic forecast for Finland is published twice a year. Industry-specific forecast also published twice a year. In addition, Etla also forecasts the development of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions and Finland’s cost competitiveness. A subscriber-based monthly publication is published 9 times a year. All these reports are in Finnish.

Research to support decision-making

Etla’s researchers have an expert role in the working groups of ministries and other entities. They also give statements, are consulted in parliamentary committees and make presentations at scientific seminars and other events.

Skilled staff

Etla employs about 40 people. Most of the institute’s research staff have completed a doctoral degree in economics.

Operations are maintained by a support association, whose financing covers about a third of total costs. Each research project receives its own individual project fundings. Projects have been financed by organisations such as The Academy of Finland, Business Finland, the Government, various ministries, foundations and the European Commission.

Etla has two subsidiaries: project research unit Etlatieto Oy and Taloustieto Oy.

Etla and The Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA) have a joint board of directors, CEO and financial administration.

Requests for statements should be sent to

You can easily reach any member of Etla’s staff by e-mail or phone:


A practical and prosperous Finland

Jobs and prosperity are based on successful business operations. A competitive environment requires strong market economy built by predictable economic policy based on a scientific research.

ETLA Economic Research provides information on key issues central to the Finnish national economy, especially the business sector, and helps develop the economic policy pursued in Finland.

International dimension

Etla is, among other things, the only Finnish member of the Association of European Conjuncture Institutes (AIECE) and The European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes (ENEPRI) studying economic policy and the European Forecasting Research Associaton for the Macro-Economy (EUROFRAME) network, which forecasts the economic development of the euro area and evaluates economic policy in the region.

Through the links below you can become acquainted with Etla’s international network.

Supporting member organisations

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