Tuesday 29/05/2012

On May 30th, the SSE Riga “Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries 2009-2011” will be presented

On Wednesday, May 30th, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) “Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries 2009-2011” will be presented during the conference “Shadow economy in Latvia: is there a light at the end of the tunnel?", organised by the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SSE Riga, and the Ministry of Finance.

The aim of the SSE Riga “Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries 2009-2011” is to measure the size of the shadow economies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as to explore the main factors that influence participation in the shadow economy. The term “shadow economy” in the context of this research refers to all legal production of goods and services that is deliberately concealed from public authorities.

The SSE Riga Shadow Economy Index is based on annual surveys of representative samples of entrepreneurs in the three Baltic countries. The first survey, which was used to estimate the size of the Baltic shadow economies in 2009 and 2010, was conducted between March and April, 2011. The survey was repeated between April and May of 2012 to estimate the size of the shadow economy in 2011.

SSE Riga assistant professors and authors of this research - Dr. Arnis Sauka and Dr. Talis Putnins - hope that the findings will foster a deeper understanding and discussion of entrepreneurship processes in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. 

The SSE Riga “Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries 2009-2011”  is published here >

 


The conference “Shadow economy in Latvia: is there a light at the end of the tunnel?” will take place on May 30th at Islande Hotel (Ķīpsalas20, Riga), starting from 09:00.

Please see the press release and conference agenda below.

Press release (in Latvian)

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Agenda (in Latvian)

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Authors


Dr. Arnis Sauka is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Academic Pro-rector of Ventspils University College (Latvia). Prior to joining the doctoral program at the University of Siegen (Germany), he was a visiting PhD candidate at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.). His main research interests are related to tax evasion, entrepreneurship policies, business strategies, competitiveness and social contribution of entrepreneurs.



Dr. Tālis Putniņš is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Research Associate at the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (Latvia), and Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UTS Business School (Australia).  His research interests include financial economics, market microstructure, market manipulation, tax evasion, and partial detection modelling.  Tālis has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney.