University of Helsinki
Department of economics and management - University of Helsinki


P.O. Box 27
Latokartononkaari 9
00014 University of HELSINKI

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The University of Helsinki is by far the largest university of Finland. The teaching and research at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, one of the ten faculties in the University, is based on the principle of sustainable use of natural resources.
The department of Economics and Management at the University of Helsinki is an education and research unit in agricultural economics and policy, food economics, household economics and environmental economics. The objective of the department of Economics and Management is to maintain the high standard in the research and teaching, according to the principle of sustainable development. The department considers that the development of rural areas is the cornerstone for living conditions in general in the society-wide context. Hence, it is important to preserve the viability of rural areas.
Consequently, the aforementioned issues of sustainable development and rural livelihood are closely connected to the preservation of traditional production activites in the Finnish rural areas, and this, in turn, relates closely to the issues of origins of farm and food products, their labelling and PDO/PGI products.
The team, in this project, in order to obtain more information about problems related quality issue and the certification activity, will be supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM), the Union of Rural Advisory Centres (MSKL) and probably also the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation (ETL), all located in Helsinki. They all play important roles in the planning, extension, information and knowledge diffusion of issues related to quality systems and origin labelling of agricultural and food products in Finland.



Latvala, T. & Kola, J.
Measuring Consumers' Benefits of Credence Charasteristics of Beef: Ex Ante Valuation. Poster presentation at the 71st EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economics) Seminar "The Food Consumer In the Early 21s Century". 19-20.4.2001, Zaragoza, Spain.

Latvala, T.
Kuluttajien tietotarpeet elintarvikkeiden turvallisuudesta ja laadusta : tapaustutkimus naudanlihasta. [Consumers' Informational Needs concerning Food Safety and Quality : Case Beef]. In press.

Yrjölä, T., Kola J.,
Abstract : Cost-Benefit Analysis of Multifunctional Agriculture in Finland). University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management, Publication No. 27, Agricultural Policy, 80 p.

Kola, J., Hofreither, M. and Rabinowicz, E.
Experience of EU accession for the agricultural sector : Austria, Finland and Sweden. In: Burrell, A. & Oskam, A. (editors): Agricultural Policy and Enlargement of the European Union : 143-162. Wageningen Pers, The Netherlands.

Latvala, T. & Kola, J.
Consumers' Willingness to Pay for Information about Food Safety and Quality: Case Beef. Contributed paper at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Assiation IAMA 10 th World Congress and Forum. 24 - 28.6.2000, Chicago, USA. Available:

Kola, J. and Ukkonen, R.
Political Economy and Effects of The Dairy Reform in Agenda 2000. In: Ahlstedt, J. & Marttila, J. (eds.): Proceedings of the 66 th EAAE Seminar / NJF Seminar No. 301 "Integration of the Baltic Sea Countries to the Common Agricultural Policies of the EU" : 297-310. Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Helsinki.

Kola, J.
Agricultural Policy and Rural Development in Finland and Europe. New Rural Policy 2/99 : 30-40.

Kallio, V. and Kola, J.
Maatalousyritysten menestystekijät : Aluetutkimus Etelä-Karjalassa, Etelä-Savossa ja Kymenlaaksossa. Helsingin yliopisto, Taloustieteen laitos, Julkaisuja 24. 202 s.

Kola, J. and Nokkala, M. (eds.)
Structural policy effects in Finnish rural areas: a quantitative Social Accounting Matrix approach. University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management, Publication No. 23, Agricultural Policy, 191 p.

Bullock, D.S., Salhofer, K. and Kola, J.
The normative analysis of agricultural policy: a general framework and review. Journal of Agricultural Economics 50, 3 : 512-535.

Kola, J.
Reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy and agriculture in Finland. Agricultural and Food Science in Finland 7, 2 : 181-196.

Crommelynck, A., Kola, J. and Swinnen, J.
Determinants of Agricultural Protection in Finland 1931-1990. PRG Working Paper No. 14. The Policy Research Group, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Belgium. 31 p.

Taipale, M. and Kola, J.
Futuurien ja optioiden käyttömahdollisuudet Suomen viljamarkkinoilla. Helsingin yliopisto, Taloustieteen laitos. Julkaisuja 17. 72 p. (Summary: Possibilities for using futures and options on the Finnish grain markets. University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management, Publications No 17).

Hyvönen, S. and Kola, J.
New policies, new opportunities, new threaths: the Finnish food industry in the EU. In : Pitts, E. & Traill, B. (eds.): Competitiveness in the Food Industry . pp. 253-285. Blackie Academic & Professional, London, UK.

Kola, J., Bullock, D.S., and Salhofer, K.
The Normative Analysis of (Agricultural) Policy: A General Framework and Review. Selected paper abstracts of the 1997 AAEA Annual Meeting. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 79, 5: 1724.

Kola, J.
The relationship between food economy and public policy: theoretical frameworks and applied results. In : Vem styr förädlingsindustrin . Helsingfors universitet, Institutionen för ekonomi. Kompendium nr 13 : 19-37.

Ihamuotila, R. and J. Kola.
Politiikka, talous ja maatalouspolitiikka Suomessa. (Abstract in English : Political economy and agricultural policy in Finland). In Lauri Kettunen's Jubilee Publication: Agriculture at the Crossroads . Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Research Publications 77 : 20-41. Helsinki.

Kola, J.
Agribusiness caught between efficiency and environment: the role of a small country in the game of large countries. In : W.D. Gorman (ed.) : Managing in the Global Economy : 336-346. Proceedings of the International Agribusiness Management Association IAMA Symposium III, San Francisco, USA.

Kola, J.
Positive Externalities of Joint Agriculture and Forestry: the Roles and Rules of Agricultural and Forest Policies in Finland. In: Hofreither, M. & Vogel, S. (eds.) : The Role of Agricultural Externalities in High Income Countries : 209-224. Proceedings of the 37th EAAE-seminar. Wissenschaftsverlag Vauk Kiel KG.

Hyttinen, P. and Kola, J.
Farm forests and rural livelihood in Finland. Journal of Rural Studies 11, 4 : 387-396.

Hyvönen, S. and Kola, J.
The Finnish food industry facing European integration: policies and strategies. European of Agricultural Economics 22, 3 : 296-309.

Latvala, T. & Laurila, I.
Elintarvikkeiden kysyntä Suomessa vuosina 1986-1996. Pellervo Economic Research Centre. Reports and Articiles No 137. Espoo. 28 pages. [Demand for food products in Finland 1986-1996]