Press release 29.1.2009

Lars-Erik Öller awarded Eino H. Laurila national income medal

The Eino H. Laurila national income medal for 2008 has been granted to Emeritus Professor Lars-Erik Öller. Öller presently works at Stockholm University.

As researcher of economic trends and methods of forecasting them, Emeritus Professor Lars-Erik Öller, PhD, has based his work solidly on the system of national accounts and the data it generates. His studies and articles on time series analysis and econometric methods in business trend analysis have greatly improved our understanding of economic phenomena. In Finland, Lars-Erik Öller has held posts at the Economics Department of the Ministry of Finance, and as Lecturer at the University of Helsinki and the Åbo Akademi University, and in Sweden at the National Institute of Economic Research, the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University. Öller defended his doctoral dissertation successfully at the University of Helsinki in 1978.

The medal will be handed over to Lars-Erik Öller at the beginning of a lecture of the Finnish Economic Association to be delivered at the House of Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9 - 11, Helsinki, Finland, at 4 pm on Thursday, 29 January 2009.

The Eino H. Laurila national income medal is awarded as recognition of noteworthy work to advance the development and application of economic descriptive systems, and promote knowledge about them. A further aim of the medal is to nurture interaction between economic research and practical work on the compilation of statistics. Decisions about awarding of the medal are made by the Ekonomiska Samfundet in Finland, the Finnish Economic Association, the Finnish Statistical Society, the Finnish Society for Economic Research, Statistics Finland and the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation. The first medal was awarded to Professor Eino H. Laurila in 1993 for his extensive work on the development of Finnish national accounts.

Mr Ari Tyrkkö, Statistics Finland, +358 1734 3261; email: