Kristian Kavonius, Ilja


  • Senior Economist-Statistician, Sector Accounts and Fiscal Statistics

Fields of interest:

  • Income, consumption and wealth studies (macro as well as micro aspects); national accounting; growth studies and financial stability


  • Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2011
  • Master of Arts, University of Joensuu (University of Eastern Finland), Finland, 1999

Professional experience:

  • Senior Economist-Statistician, Sector Accounts and Fiscal Statistics, 2003- (current)
  • Researcher (half-time), Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, 2008-2010
  • Economist (half-time), Fiscal Policies Division, 2009
  • Statistician, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, 2002
  • Senior Statistician, Statistics Finland, 1998-2008 (2002 onwards on unpaid leave)


  • Winner (2nd) of the 2007 prize for best papers from young statisticians, International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)

Teaching experience:

  • Adjunct Professor (dosentti), University of Eastern Finland (Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies), 2014-(current)
Title Authors Where
Deriving household indebtedness indicators Kavonius, Ilja Kristian and Honkkila, Juha Statistical Journal of the IAOS 32/2016, pp. 693–708, IOS Press.
Transmission of Shocks in the Integrated Accounting Framework Castrén, Olli and Kavonius, Ilja Kristian Journal of Network Theory in Finance, Issue 1(2)/2015, pages 1–20, Risk Journals, Incisive Risk Information.
Reconciling Micro and Macro Data on Household Wealth: A Test Based on Three Euro Area Countries Kavonius, Ilja Kristian and Honkkila, Juha Journal of Economic and Social Policy: Vol. 15: Iss. 2, Article 3.
Sector-Level Financial Networks and Macroprudential Risk Analysis in the Euro Area Castrén, Olli and Kavonius, Ilja Kristian Handbook of Systemic Risk edited by Jean-Pierre Fouque and Joseph Langsam, pp. 775–790, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013.
Does Our Nation Have the Patience to Become Prosperous? – Finnish Income, Consumption and Saving in the Beginning of the 1950s Kavonius, Ilja Kristian Scandinavian Economic History Review, Volume 58, Issue 1/2010, pages 25–42, Routledge – Taylor and Francis Group.
Measuring the Stock of Consumer Durables and its Implications for Euro Area Savings Ratios Jalava, Jukka and Kavonius, Ilja Kristian The Review of Income and Wealth, Series 55, Number 1, March 2009, pp. 43–56, Wiley and Blackwell.
The Implication of Employee Stock Options and Holding Gains for Disposable Income and Household Saving Rates in Finland Kavonius, Ilja Kristian Journal of Official Statistics, 3/ Volume 22, 2006, pp. 585–597, Statistics Sweden.
Household Income Aggregates in Micro and Macro Statistics Kavonius , Ilja Kristian and Törmälehto, Veli-Matti Statistical Journal of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), 01/2003, pp. 9–25, Geneva 2003.