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Second Baltic Economic Conference to take place in Riga

The 2nd Baltic Economic Conference will take place in Riga on June 10-11 2019. This year’s conference will welcome about 80 researchers from all over the world and include a special session on Gender Economics. Researchers from the Bank of Lithuania will present their papers as well.

This conference follows on from the success of the last year’s inaugural Baltic Economics Conference. Interest in the conference has been high: the scientific committee received 122 submissions, with 55 papers scheduled to be presented,’ said Povilas Lastauskas, Director of the Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research (CEFER) at the Bank of Lithuania.
This year, the keynote speech on Firm-to-Firm Trade: Imports, Exports and the Labor Market will be given by Francis Kramarz, director of CREST (Center for Research in Economics and Statistics). He is also a professor at ENSAE and a visiting professor at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The conference will be attended by about 80 researchers from all over the world: local researchers from the Baltic States are joined not only by colleagues from other institutions in Europe but also from researchers coming from as far afield as the US and Hong Kong. Participation from researchers at the Bank of Lithuania is also high, with seven researchers presenting their papers at the conference and several others acting as discussants.

The papers being presented cover a broad range of topics, such as labour market, monetary policy as well as technology and innovations. There is also a special session on Gender Economics organised in conjunction with the FROGEE Network (Forum for Research on Gender Economics in Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies).


During the conference, the Bank of Lithuania Vladas Jurgutis Award and Award for Dissertation in the Field of Economics will be presented. Researchers receive these awards at the beginning of the year.  This year, a co-authored paper titled The Non-equivalence of Labour Market Taxes: a Real-Effort Experiment by Matthias Gerhard Weber and Arthur Schram received the Vladas Jurgutis Award.

The Bank of Lithuania Award for Dissertation in the Field of Economics was granted to Ada Kovaliukaitė for her dissertation The Role of Strategic Beliefs in Understanding Strategic, Pro-social and Socially Complementary Behavior. The Baltic Economics Conference will rotate every year among the Baltic countries: last year it was held in Lithuania and co-organised by CEFER and Vilnius University, while next year, it will take place in Estonia and will be co-organised by Estonia’s central bank and the country’s major university.