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2016-04-15

OP Yrityspankki Oyj: OP Financial Group's scientific foundations award grants worth 1.2 million euros

The scholarship foundations established by OP Financial Group to support
scientific research awarded a total of 1,224,300 euros in research grants
based on the applications for 2016. Both the quantity and quality of the
applications increased considerably over the previous year.

- High-quality education and research provides a sustained basis for Finnish
prosperity across the board. OP Financial Group's scientific foundations make
their contribution in this important role by financing research done by
post-graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in particular. This year
we can offer financial support to 30 young talented researchers. This is a
major contribution to Finnish research and future, saysJaakko Pehkonen
, Chairman of the Board of OP Financial Groups Research Foundation and the
Kyösti Haataja Foundation.

Established in 1972, OP Financial Group's Research Foundation is one of the
largest Finnish economic research foundations. The Research Foundation
supports economic research, especially research into financing and
cooperative banking.

The Kyösti Haataja Foundation established in 1951 supports research into
financial, social and judicial conditions in rural areas, especially among
farmers.

For more information, please contact:

Heli Kangasluoma, Representative, OP Financial Group's Research Foundation and
Kyösti Haataja Foundation:
+358 (
0)40 500 6608

In 2016, the Board of Directors of OP Financial Group's Research Foundation
awarded 1,124,300 million euros in grants to the following researchers and
projects:

Post doc grants

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| Jari Hännikäinen Korkokäyrän ennustaminen (Yield Curve Forecasting) €65 000 |
| Pekka Tolonen New Evidence from Hedge fund Option Holdings: Preferences and Selection Skills €65 000 |
| Saara Hämäläinen Studies on effects and origins of market frictions €32 500 |
| Paula Mäkelä Screening by Decision Making Mechanisms €65 000 |
| Miikka Voutilainen Yhtenäiskasvuteoriat ja Suomen taloudellinen kehitys 1600-2000 (Unified Growth €65 000 |
| Theories and Finnish Economic Development 1600-2000). Aikasarjojen estimointi |
| ja analyysi (Time Series Estimation and Analysis). |
| Mats Godenhielm Information, costs, and liquidity in OTC- and other decentralized markets €65 000 |
| Mao Yaping Catch me if you can: the role of client-auditor IQ compatibility in earnings €65 000 |
| manipulation and audit report |
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Grants for full-time postgraduate studies

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| Ville Seppälä Kotitalouskohtainen työvoiman tarjonta - tutkimuksia puolisoiden yhteisestä €25 000 |
| päätöksenteosta (Labour Supply by Household - Studies on Spouses' Joint |
| Decision-making) |
| Annika Kuusela Epätavanomaisen rahapolitiikan globaalit vaikutukset (Global Effects of €25 000 |
| Unconventional Monetary Policy) |
| Susanne Syrén Doctoral dissertation project: Koulutus, työmarkkinat ja persoonallisuus €25 000 |
| (Education, Labour Markets and Personality) |
| Annika Lindblad Time-variation in stock market volatility forecasts €25 000 |
| Julia Salmi Doctoral dissertation on the role of information and its sharing in economic €25 000 |
| decision-making |
| Laura Ansala The economic and social integration of immigrants in Finland and Sweden €12 500 |
| Eero Sillasto Exploiting Heterogeneous Deposits of a Resource €12 500 |
| Ramin Izadi Foreign exchange at UC Berkley €15 000 |
| Kim Ristolainen Robustness of banking crises prediction: A study within the Eurozone. (Final €25 000 |
| article of doctoral dissertation) |
| Krista Riukula Research studies in the field of labour and health economics €25 000 |
| Kim Lien Nguyen Hedging Risk in Risk Arbitrage: New Evidence from Arbitrageurs' Option €25 000 |
| Holdings |
| Mats Ekman Essays on Social Economics €12 500 |
| Petteri Juvonen Työmarkkinainstituutiot ja talouden sopeutuminen (Labour market institutions €12 500 |
| and economic adjustment) |
| Jenni Mikkonen Insider Trading and Corporate Insiders' Personal Characteristics €25 000 |
| Andrey Zhukov Doctoral Studies and Research Visit to Northwestern University, Evanston, €15 000 |
| Illinois |
| Mikko Salonen Essays on the allocation of indivisible goods €25 000 |
| Kristine Koponen Macroeconomic implications of financial crises, sudden stops, and firm entry €25 000 |
| dynamics |
| Yijie Li The impact of macroeconomic variables on stock returns in different regimes €25 000 |
| Saara Tuuli Essays in macroprudential policy and supply potential in the economy €25 000 |
| Michele Crescenzi Essays on Information Economics and Mechanism Design €25 000 |
| Niclas Meyer Research project: Corporate Social Responsibility Controversies and Director €20 000 |
| Reputation |
| Joona Karlsson Course stage of doctoral studies and start of doctoral dissertation project €12 500 |
| Saara Vaahtoniemi The development of finance sector wages and human capital in Finland €25 000 |
| Ville Savolainen Esseitä osaketuottojen ennustettavuudesta (Essays on the predictability of €12 500 |
| stock returns) |
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Grants for project group costs

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| Juha Joenväärä Institutional Investors: Data infrastructure €20 000 |
| Timo Korkeamäki CEO mobility and corporate policy risk €23 000 |
| Marko Järvenpää Ohjaus ja strategisen muutoksen johtaminen osuustoiminnallisissa €30 000 |
| organisaatioissa - Tapaus OP Ryhmä (Steering and Strategic Change Management |
| in a Cooperative Organisation - Case OP Financial Group) |
| Marlene Isore Banks' Decisions under Uncertainty and their Macroeconomic Impact €75 000 |
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Personal grants

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| Hannu Vartiainen Visit to the Cambridge University and research project "Mechanism design €10 000 |
| without commitment" |
| Michaela Schmöller Secular Stagnation in a Monetary Union €2 900 |
| Salla Simola Postgraduate visit to the University College London €10 000 |
| Kristiina Huttunen Research visit to the University College London €5 000 |
| Tuomas Pekkarinen Research visit to the London School of Economics €5 000 |
| Milla Siikanen Liquidity in FX market: Research Visit to Fraunhofer ITWM and Big-xyt GmbH €3 900 |
| Jaana Kari (os. Jaako) Lifelong Physical Activity and Long-term Labor Market Performance €10 000 |
| Nebojsa Dimic Project: Reverse cross-listing in the Emerging markets €2 000 |
| |
| Research visit at: Alliance Manchester Business School, University of |
| Manchester, UK |
| Juha Junttila Research visit to the State University of New York Albany, project "Effect of €5 000 |
| uncertainty in economic policy on forecasting real economy" |
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Grants awarded by Kyösti Haataja Foundation in 2016

The Board of Directors of the Kyösti Haataja Foundation awarded100,000
euros in grants to the following researchers and projects:

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| Lauri Turpeinen A multi-sited ethnography of rural-urban migration of young adults in Finland €10 000 |
| Kimmo Huttunen Legal research into forest use knowledge base and its exploitation €20 000 |
| Suvi Borgström Law for green economy: the future of natural resources and nature conservation €11 000 |
| law |
| Tanja Kähkönen Towards a sustainable change in the bioeconomy: values, attitudes and views in €20 000 |
| the local forest-based energy driven change dynamics |
| Benjamin Anang Microcredit, production system and efficiency of smallholder rice production €19 000 |
| in Northern Ghana |
| Hanna-Mari Ikonen Once there were entrepreneurs - follow-up study on rural women in €10 000 |
| entrepreneurial society |
| Henri Wallen Research into cumulative social effects in the mining industry: Case Sokli €10 000 |
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