Seminars and international Contacts

7307The Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation organizes lectures and seminars. Both Finnish and international speakers are invited. International contacts and connections are essential to the Foundation – and to the Finnish economics and medical science community.

Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures

In 1963 the Foundation launched the Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures. The first lecture was given by Kenneth J. Arrow. These lectures are organized every few years. So far there have been 22 lectures, given by top international researchers in economics. Ten of these have since been awarded the Nobel Prize. Bengt Holmström won the Nobel price in Economic Sciences in 2016. He was the Yrjö Jahnsson Lecturer in 1992. Professor Daron Acemoglu gave the Lectures in 2019. All the Lectures are listed here.

Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics

In 1993 the Board of the Foundation established the Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics, given to young European economists who have made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to the study of economics in Europe. The EEA participates in selecting the award winner. The first recipients were announced at the 1993 Helsinki Congress and the Prize was given to Jean-Jacques Laffont and Jean Tirole. All the Award Winners are listed here.

International Medical Symposiums

Since 1978 the Foundation has organized international medical symposiums in Finland. The themes have been selected for both their medical significance and temporal relevance. The Yrjö Jahnsson Medical Symposium has now been held 19 times. The Yrjö Jahnsson Medical Symposiums are listed here.

International Conferences in Economics

The Foundation has organized many conferences, which have gathered the top scientists in economics. Since  1983 each decennial anniversary is celebrated by holding an international conference. In 1983, to celebrate the 30th anniversary the following year, there was an international meeting with renowned speakers, whose lectures were published in the book Frontiers of Economics, edited by Kenneth J. Arrow and Seppo Honkapohja.

Ten years later, in 1994, the theme was the Finnish economic recession, discussed at the 40th anniversary symposium of the Foundation. These lectures were published in the Finnish Economic Papers periodical book.

In June 2004, an international conference was arranged to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Foundation. The conference was devoted to Behavioral Economics, a branch in modern economics that seeks to integrate psychologically realistic assumptions into economic framework. The book Behavioral Economics and Its Applications, edited by Peter Diamond and Hannu Vartiainen, had its basis in the June 2004 conference.

In 2014 the 60th Anniversary of the Foundation was celebrated and conference with the theme of Inequality and Health was organized.

Yrjö Jahnsson European Integration Lectures

The economic integration of Europe has been a major issue in both the support of research and the developing of new forms of co-operation. Year 1991 saw the launch of the Yrjö Jahnsson European Integration Lectures on this theme. Several international seminars and conferences on European integration research have since been organized together with European universities and the European network of researchers; the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung (ZEI), and CESifo. Conference locations include Helsinki, Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, and Munich. The European Economic Integration Lectures are listed here.

Jaakko Honko Lectures

In 1997 the Foundation initiated together with the Helsinki School of Economics and the Foundation of Helsinki School of Economics the Jaakko Honko Lectures. Jaakko Honko was the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation and also Rector and Chancellor of the Helsinki School of Economics. The first lecture was given in November, 1998. All Jaakko Honko Lectures are listed here.