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Position: Associate Professor. BSc Courses: Econometrics; International Economics; Economics Specialization. Assisting in BSc courses Statistics; Market Research
Unit: Economics Faculty

Contact information:

Office phone: +371 67015810
Room 414

Short professional bio:

Konstantins Benkovskis got a PhD in Economics from the University of Latvia in 2006. His current research activities focus in studies of international trade, non-price competitiveness, and global value chains. Konstantins Benkovskis combines lecturing at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga with an adviser position in the Monetary Policy Department of the Bank of Latvia. He is also the active member of the ESCB Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet).


Dr. oec., Latvijas Universitāte, branch – economics, subbranch – econometrics

Research interests

International trade, Global Value Chains (GVC), productivity and resource allocation, CGE modelling

Selected publications:

Publications in refereed journals:

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2016). Non-Price Competitiveness of Exports from Emerging, Empirical Economics, 51(2), 707-735.

Benkovskis, K., Bērziņa, S., and Zorgenfreija, L. (2016). Evaluation of Latvia’s re-exports using firm-level trade data, Baltic Journal of Economics, 16(1), 1-20.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2015). A Summary Measure for Price and Non-Price Competitiveness for ASEAN+3, Asian Economic Journal, 29(2), 165-180.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2014). How does taste and quality impact on import prices? Review of World Economics, 150(4), 665-691.

Benkovskis, K. and Fadejeva, L. (2014). The effect of VAT rate on inflation in Latvia: evidence from CPI microdata, Applied Economics, 46(21), 2520-2533.

Benkovskis, K., Pastušenko, J., and Wörz, J. (2014). Assessing the Full Extent of Trade Integration between the EU and Russia – A Global Value Chain Perspective, Focus on European Economic Integration, 3, 31-47.

Benkovskis, K., Fadejeva, L., and Wörz, J. (2013). How Important Is Total Factor Productivity for Growth in Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Countries? Focus on European Economic Integration, 1, 8-27.

Benkovskis, K., Fadejeva, L., and Kalnberzina, K. (2012). Price setting behaviour in Latvia: Econometric evidence from CPI micro data, Economic Modelling, 29(6), 2115-2124.

Benkovskis, K. (2012). Competitiveness of Latvia's exporters, Baltic Journal of Economics, 12(2), 17-45.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2012). Non-Price Competitiveness Gains of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European Countries in the EU Market, Focus on European Economic Integration, 3, 27-47.

Benkovskis K. and Rimgailaite R. (2011). The Quality and Variety of Exports from the New EU Member States: Evidence from Very Disaggregated Data, Economics of Transition, 19(4), 2011, 723-747.

Benkovskis, K., Bessonovs, A., Feldkircher, M., and Wörz J. (2011). The Transmission of Euro Area Monetary Shocks to the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary: Evidence from a FAVAR Model, Focus on European Economic Integration, 3, 2011, 8-27.


Book chapters:

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2016). Non-price components of market share gains: evidence for EU countries, In: Belka, M., Nowotny, E., Samecki, P, and Ritzberger-Grunwald, D. (Eds.) Boosting European Competitiveness, Edward Elgar Publishing, in press.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2015). The Interpretation of Changes in Global Market Shares: Adding the Global Value Chain Dimension, In: Amador, J., Baldwin R., and di Mauro, F. (Eds.) The Age of Global Value Chains: Maps and Policy Implications, VoxEU book.


VoxEU blogs:

di Mauro, F., Benkovskis, K., De Pinto, S, and Grazioli, M. (2016) Fighting ‘currency wars’ with blanks: The limited role of exchange rates in export competitiveness. VoxEU blog, June 29:

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2016). ‘Made in China’: How does it affect our understanding of global market shares? VoxEU blog, January 14:

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2015). Cost competitiveness: A dangerous obsession. VoxEU blog, February 24:

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2014). Lower import prices = 100% welfare gains? Not necessarily: don't forget the impact of consumer taste and product quality. VoxEU blog, July 15:

Involvement in projects:

Steering Committee member of the Competitiveness Research Network:

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Beņkovskis Konstantīns