Areas of expertise
I have published widely on institutions in economic history. In my doctoral thesis 'The Merchant, the Town, and the Crown' I applied new institutional economic theory into the study of a medieval merchant community. I have also examined the information flows and the related institutional mechanisms in creating and maintaining networks in overseas trade. More recently I have challenged previous attempts to explain the pre-modern expansion of trade by institutions that governed intra-group relations.
I have held several reasercher and teaching posts at the university since 1990s.
I am responsible for teaching several courses in Finnish history at the bachelor's and master's levels.
My current research interests include the history of business regulation, the expansion of overseas business relations in the 19th century, and the role of cartels in the Finnish economy since 1880s.