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Blog
Jukka Pirttilä - UNU-WIDER, 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

Why does a mother from a poor African village not send her daughter to school, but instead marries her off to an old man as a second or third wife? This way poverty is inherited from parent to child. Or why does a boy from a remote village in a developed country, such as a Finland, drop out from...

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– An Empirical Analysis
Jukka Pirttilä, Ilpo Suoniemi - The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2014 - Oxford, UK

The theoretical analysis of optimal commodity taxation is advanced, but there is only limited empirical evidence to guide commodity tax policies. With this paper, we contribute to this body of literature by empirically examining, using Finnish consumption data, the relation between working hours,...

Book Chapter
– The Riddle is Still There, But We May Be a Little Wiser
Juhana Vartiainen - , 2013

From the book: Development Success

Blog
– The Case of Nokia's N95 Smartphone
Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, Petri Rouvinen, Timo Seppälä, Pekka Ylä-Anttila - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, Petri Rouvinen, Timo Seppälä, Pekka Ylä-Anttila Available statistics biases the true picture of the current stage of globalization, which is characterized by widespread outsourcing and offshoring. Our concern is that these flaws in available measures may...

Adam Szirmai, Wim Naudé, Micheline Goedhuys - Oxford University Press, 2011 - Oxford, UK

Entrepreneurship and innovation are two of the most pervasive concepts of our times, yet there are still gaps in our understanding of the interactions between entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in developing countries. This book is an attempt to fill this gap. It focuses on the...

Blog
Wim Naudé, Adam Szirmai - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Wim Naudé and Adam Szirmai Nobody can be left in any doubt as to the importance of innovation for prosperity on reading[i] that ‘People living in the first decade of the twentieth century did not know modern dental and medical equipment, penicillin, bypass operations, safe...

Working Paper pdf
– The Riddle is Still There but We May be a Little Bit Wiser
Juhana Vartiainen - UNU-WIDER, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

The Nordic countries are often bundled together, as representatives of a ‘model’ which combines high living standards and an open market economy with social insurance and ambitious public services. Yet, the economic and political development of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden...

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– A Finnish View
Otto Toivanen - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

This article first reviews the economic rationales for innovation policy. It then describes the Finnish innovation policy and policy making environment. The Finnish policy is evaluated from the point of view of fostering entrepreneurship. R&D subsidies, the main tool of Finnish innovation...

Blog
– Lessons from Finland
Otto Toivanen - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

Otto Toivanen At least since the 1950s it has been recognized that innovation is central to economic growth. It has also been well understood that innovations both generate and rely on externalities. These twin facts, together with market failures most often thought to arise in financing of...

Blog
Markus Jäntti, Juhana Vartiainen - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

Markus Jäntti and Juhana Vartiainen Finland is an example of a late but successful state-led industrialization that was carried out rapidly. The economic policy strategy that achieved this was a judicious mix of heavy governmental intervention and private incentives. Governmental...

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Markus Jäntti, Juhana Vartiainen - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews Finland’s growth strategy in the postwar decades. Finland was able to initiate an impressive mobilization of resources during this period, reflected mostly in a high rate of capital accumulation for manufacturing industries. This was achieved by an unorthodox combination of...

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Markus Jäntti, Juho Saari, Juhana Vartiainen - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper reviews Finnish economic history during the 'long' twentieth century with a special emphasis on policies for equity and growth. We argue that Finland developed from a poor, vulnerable, and conflict-prone country to a modern economy in part through policies geared at both growth...

Blog
Markus Jäntti - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

by Markus Jantti Finland is now a solid member of the European Union and the OECD. While Finland is not one of the richest countries, as measured by GDP per capita, its economic performance has been quite adequate. Finland is far from the top of the 'league table of aid donors and lies...

Journal Article
– A comparison of the Nordic countries
Hans Lööf, Almas Heshmati, Rita Asplund, Svein-Olav Nås - The IUP Journal of Management Research, 2003

The availability of the new internationally harmonized innovation survey data collected from OECD countries has created some interesting opportunities for studying the following two key areas: (1) The determinants of innovation behavior at firm level, and (2) Innovation as an important factor...

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Jukka Pekkarinen - UNU-WIDER, 2003 - Helsinki, Finland

by Jukka Pekkarinen Empirical investigations of the growth of nations give some support to the hypothesis that smallness as such is a factor that inhibits growth. A small country may lack the necessary scope of markets for utilizing economies of scale or matching the various types of skills...

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