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Outi Aarnio

Lic Abo Akademi, DPhil Oxf

Outi Aarnio was an undergraduate at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where she studied MSc in Political Sciences, with Majors in Economics and Statistics, and Minor in Law. She started her postgraduate Economics studies at Åbo Akademi, and held positions as teaching and research assistant there (while completing her Licentiate). She came to Oxford initially as visiting post-graduate student and spent a fruitful year at Nuffield College being supervised by Prof Stephen Nickell. This led to her decision to complete her doctoral thesis in Oxford, as a member of Worcester College. Her DPhil research (1993) developed flow approach to explaining equilibrium unemployment to include explicit effects of active labour market policies, and applied this model in explaining Finnish and Swedish unemployment experiences.

After gaining her doctorate from Oxford in 1993, Outi was a Lecturer in Economics at Bath University for a short period, and subsequently Stipendiary Lecturer at St Hilda’s, Worcester, Exeter and Lincoln Colleges, but has always maintained a close relationship with St Edmund Hall where she was first appointed in Oxford (to joint lectureship with St Hilda’s).  She now teaches Teddy Hall undergraduate students all aspects of first year courses in Economics, and core courses, especially core Macroeconomics, and an optional course of Economics of Industry taken by students in their Finals.

Outi has contributed to University teaching by offering lecture courses for EEM and MEM students, acting as Economics Advisor and Tutor for Foreign Service Programme (during 1995-2006, then under auspices of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford’s main institution for Development Studies), and acting as internal examiner and assessor at University examinations.

In 2008 Outi was awarded University of Oxford Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning in Oxford.