2023

On January 17, LV PEAK Economic barometer No.2 was presented at the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Latvia.

The Productivity Research Institute "UL think tank LV PEAK" has prepared the second LV PEAK Economic Barometer, which includes the current analysis of Latvian macroeconomic data and practical recommendations for policy makers. The economic overview summarizes the consensus development forecasts of Latvian and international institutions, as well as leading macroeconomic experts.

Within the framework of the study, in cooperation with the Research Center SKDS, the first time in Latvia Youth Sentiment Survey was conducted, the purpose of which was to find out the overall confidence mood of young people in regards with the economic processes in the country, as well as factors and risks that affect the development of the Latvian economy from the point of view of young people.

The event was opened by prof. Gundars Berziņš, Chair of the Latvian Productivity Board and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Latvia. The results of the second LV PEAK Economic barometer was presented by the Director of the "UL think tank LV PEAK" prof. Inna Šteinbuka, while Arnis Kaktiņš, Director of the Research Center SKDS, presented the results of the Youth Sentiment Survey, which was followed by a discussion among experts.

The full report can be found here:

2022

On November 24, 2022, the University of Latvia think tank LV PEAK in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, held a webinar on the study “The Green Course – progress towards climate neutrality in 2050. Strategic investment directions for the development of export potential. Future technologies and investment projects for Latvia.” to discuss the findings of the study and find out the views of stakeholders. The webinar was organized within the scientific project "Implementation of measures in the field of investment and productivity".

 

Presentation of the webinar

On November 4, 2022, the University of Latvia think tank LV PEAK in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, held a webinar on the study "Impact of Inflation on Investments and Proposals for Investments in Productivity Promotion" to discuss the findings of the study and find out the views of stakeholders. The webinar was organized within the scientific project "Implementation of measures in the field of investment and productivity".

 

Presentation of the webinar

On October 27, 2022 to mark the launch of the Technical Support Instrument programme and to ascertain Latvia’s needs and objectives, the CompNet visited Riga to meet with Productivity Board of Latvia and Productivity Research Institute “University of Latvia Think tank LV PEAK”. Representatives of European Commission, Latvia’s Central Statistical Bureau, Ministry of Economics of Republic of Latvia, Ministry of Finance of Republic of Latvia and representatives of Bank of Latvia also participated in the meeting.

 

The meeting was opened by Prof. Gundars Berziņš, chair of the Productivity Board of Latvia, Prof. Inna Šteinbuka, Director of the University of Latvia Think tank LV PEAK, and Stratis Kastrissianakis and Elodie Boulch, Sustainable Growth and Business Environment Unit, Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM), European Commission, followed by several CompNet presentations. Furthermore, research presentations regarding the use of firm-level micro data in Latvia were given by Dr. Oļegs Tkačevs, Chief Researcher of the Research Division, Monetary Policy Department, Bank of Latvia, and Dr. Oļegs Krasnopjorovs, Deputy Director of the University of Latvia Think tank LV PEAK.

Productivity Board of Latvia and University of Latvia Think tank LV PEAK have been granted the Technical Support Instrument programme by European Commission.

The main objective of the Programme is to provide EU National Productivity Boards with the tools to improve their ability to design policy reforms and support Member States in evaluating the best policy choices to implement the reforms agreed as part of their Recovery and Resilience Plans. The project will provide National Productivity Boards and other economic national institutions with harmonized data (micro-aggregated and cross-country comparable) to conduct policy analysis and produce policy recommendations. This project will also provide the necessary training to ensure the National Productivity Boards and other economic national institutions can fully exploit the potential of the micro-based data infrastructure.

The Programme will be implemented by CompNet – The Competitiveness Research Network wich provides a forum for high level research and policy analysis in the areas of competitiveness and productivity. Its main activities include the regular updating of its micro-based competitiveness dataset for European countries, unprecedented in terms of coverage and cross-country comparability. The CompNet will function as an intermediary between EU National Productivity Boards and their corresponding National Statistical Institutes. It will assist the latter to generate appropriately harmonized datasets related to productivity and its drivers based on firm level information as granular as possible given national data availability.

The Programme will assist 6 EU Member States: Germany, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Latvia, and Slovakia.

On October 12, 2022, the University of Latvia think tank LV PEAK in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, held a webinar on the study "Creation of a leading indicators tool, incl. use of open data, etc. alternative solutions for real-time economic monitoring (innovation, export, productivity)" to discuss the findings of the study and find out the views of stakeholders. The webinar was organized within the scientific project "Implementation of measures in the field of investment and productivity".

 

Presentation of the webinar

On March 18 Productivity Research Institute of the University of Latvia “UL Think tank LV PEAK” carried out the session “Towards climate neutrality: economic impacts, opportunities and risks” at the 80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia. The session was organised within the framework of the project “Modeling and Analysis of the Economic Impact of Climate Goals”.

The conference session provided a platform/opportunity for scholars, researchers and professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds to meet, exchange ideas, findings, research results and discuss the topical issues related to climate neutrality.

Agenda of the Session

Report presentations:

1.            Life cycle assessment of renewable energy sources towards climate neutrality

Authors: Mrs SOUSA, Ana; Mr HENRIQUE, SANTOS, Bruno; Mr CARLOS, Francisco; Dr POMBEIRO, Henrique; Mr GRAÇA GOMES, João; Ms GONÇALVES, Margarida; Mrs ITEN, Muriel; Mr CARVALHO, Nuno; Mr FRADE, Pedro; Mr FERREIRA, Pedro

2.            Distributional Implications of GHG mitigation policies: Methods and Insights

Authors: Mr PAROUSSOS, Leonidas; Mr CHARALAMPIDIS, Ioannis; Mr FRAGKIADAKIS, Kostas; Mrs VRONTISI, Zoi

3.            Computable General Equilibrium Model as a Tool to Assess the Impact of Climate Policy in Latvia

Authors: Dr KRASNOPJOROVS, Olegs; Mr JUKNA, Daniels; Mr KOVALOVS, Konstantins; Ms FREIMANE, Rita

4.            Structural limits of Czech energy policy

Author: Dr VLCEK, Tomas

5.            The Energy Trilemma Index as a tool to support national security of energy system towards climate neutrality

Authors: Mr GICEVSKIS, Karlis; Mr GROZA, Edgars; Ms KARPOVICA, Inese; Mr SMILTANS, Edgars

6.            Latvia’s green energy development - at what expense?

Authors: Mr TUKULIS, Anrijs; Mr MILLERS, Haralds; Ms VISKUBA, Karīna; Mr LIEPNIEKS, Tomass

7.            Energy Equity and its Evaluation Methodologies

Authors: Dr OLEKSIJS, Romans; Dr GREBESA, Polina; Mr ZAJECS, Felikss; Mr ROZENFELDS, Egons

8.            The potential impact of energy policies on energy costs

Authors: Mr PIĢĒNS, Kārlis; Dr BOGDANOVA, Olga

9.            Towards Climate Neutrality: Diminishing of the CO2 Emissions in Construction Materials’ Production in Latvia

Authors: Ms LOZOVA, Ludmila; Prof SLOKA, Biruta

10.          Tourism Transformation into Responsible Form towards the Sustainable Development

Authors: Ms MONTVYDAITĖ, Deimena; Dr LABANAUSKAITĖ, Daiva

11.          CSR and its Role in Communicating Climate Change Challenges

Author: Mr ŅIKADIMOVS, Oļegs

 

2021

On December 28, 2021, the Annual National Accounts Department of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) organized a meeting to present the indicators developed within the project "Development of Growth and Productivity Account Indicators" and their publication site on the official statistics portal, as well as the range of other national account indicators, whose scope of publication was expanded on the portal in the fall of 2021. The CSB invited a discussion on the possible development of productivity indicators that would be needed by the main users of national accounts data.

 

Meeting presentation

2021. gada 10. decembrī notika Latvijas Universitātes Produktivitātes zinātniskā institūta “LU domnīca LV PEAK” projekta “Klimata mērķu ekonomiskās ietekmes modelēšana un analīze” ietvaros rīkotais Zoom seminārs. Seminārs tapa sadarbībā ar Ekonomikas ministriju un Fizikālās enerģētikas institūtu.

 

Semināra pirmā daļa fokusēsējās uz Eiropas "zaļā kursa" īstenošanu un Latvijas tautsaimniecības izaicinājumiem, savukārt, otrā daļa tika veltīta klimata pārmaiņu politikas modelēšanas pieredzei un izaicinājumiem.

Semināra tiešraide bija skatāma sabiedrisko mediju portālā LSM.lv un Latvijas Universitātes Biznesa, vadības un ekonomikas fakultātes Facebook lapā.

Semināra programma

Prezentācijas

Dr. Dmitrijs Skoruks: Klimata mērķu ekonomiskās ietekmes modelēšana: pētniecības projekta mērķi.

Prof. Gundars Bērziņš: Valsts un sabiedrības iesaiste zaļā kursa realizācijā. Iespējas un izaicinājumi.

Ivars Golsts: Zaļā kursa izaicinājumi Latvijas enerģētikas sektorā.

Vineta Kleinberga: Zinātnes loma klimata pārmaiņu politikas veidošanā.

Dr. Aleksejs Nipers: Eiropas zaļais kurss – tehniska mērķu izpilde vai jēgpilna virzība?

Dr. Gaidis Klāvs: Modelēšanas pieejas pielietošana Eiropas Komisijas “Gatavi mērķrādītājam 55%” (Fit for 55) iniciatīvas ietekmes novērtējumam: sākotnējie rezultāti.

Līga Meņģelsone: Klimata mērķi un līdzsvarota pieeja.

Jānis Lielpēteris: Zaļais kurss šodienas acīm: uzņēmējs kompasa meklējumos.

Dr. Oļegs Krasnopjorovs: How to model the impact of climate policy on the economy? Lessons from foreign experience.

Dr. Leonidas Paroussos: Modelling the Socio-Economic Implications of Climate Change: State of the Art in CGE Modelling and Challenges.

Dr. Jānis Reķis: Energy and environmental systems modelling design.

Dr. Dzintars Jaunzems: Model-based policymaking or policy-based modelling? Experience on use of simulation and optimisation models.