Published: 05.12.2023

To promote the research and analysis of Latvia's and euro area's macroeconomic issues by involving the most talented young economists in this work, Latvijas Banka has announced the annual Competition of Student Scientific Research Papers.

Latvijas Banka organises the competition already for the 22nd time. Participation is open to citizens and non-citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as foreigners who at the time of the competition are registered as students of higher education institutions accredited in the Baltic States, enrolled in Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes, as well as to the students of the Baltic States studying abroad.

The submitted papers shall discuss subjects currently relevant for the Baltic and euro area economies (suggestions for topics and a list of the previous years' award-winning papers).

The competition papers shall be submitted to Latvijas Banka from 13 May to 31 May 2024. They will be evaluated by a committee of economists set up by Latvijas Banka. The award-winning papers will be published on Latvijas Banka's website www.macroeconomics.lv, their authors will receive money awards (including EUR 1500 to the first-prize-winning paper, EUR 1250 to the two second-prize-winning papers each and EUR 1000 to the three third-prize-winning papers each; in the case of co-authored papers, the award shall be divided among the authors).

30 papers were submitted to the competition in the academic year 2022/2023 from 10 higher educational institutions of Latvia and foreign countries (the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Riga Stradiņš University, BA School of Business and Finance, the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Riga Business School, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Bocconi University and the New Economic School). Lotte Vahelaan and Linda-Terese Makk, students of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, won the first prize in the competition for their paper "Unleashing the Potential of Estonian Firms: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of ERDF Grants".

The Regulation for the Competition, the papers of the previous prize-winners and other information are available on the website www.macroeconomics.lv under the section FOR STUDENTS.

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