Beņkovskis Konstantīns

Beņkovskis Konstantīns

Associate Professor. BSc Courses: Econometrics; Economic Statistics; Market Research; Mathematics; Research Methods for Bachelor Thesis Department of Economics

Konstantins Benkovskis got a PhD in Economics from the University of Latvia in 2006. His current research activities are rather broad and mostly focus in studies of international trade, non-price competitiveness, global value chains, productivity and resource allocation. 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 Board Member of the newly developed Baltic Economic Association and the Editor of the Baltic Journal of Economics.


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

Research interests

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

Publications in refereed journals

Benkovskis, K., Tkačevs, O., and Yashiro, N. (2019). "Importance of EU Regional Support Programmes for Firm Performance", Economic Policy, published online May 17, doi: 10.1093/epolic/eiz003.

K. Benkovskis, B. Bluhm, E. Bobeica, C. Osbat, and S. Zeugner (2019) "What drives export market shares? It depends! An empirical analysis using Bayesian model averaging", Empirical Economics, published online July 18, doi: 10.1007/s00181-019-01727-z.

Benkovskis, K. (2018). "Misallocation, productivity and fragmentation of production: the case of Latvia," Journal of Productivity Analysis, 49(2), 187-206.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2018). "“Made in China”: how does it affect our understanding of global market shares?", The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 18(2), 1-26.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2018). "What drives the market share changes? Price versus non-price factors," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 45(C), 9-29.

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.


Book chapters

Benkovskis, K. (2017). Misallocation of resources in Latvia, In: Banerjee, B. and Coricelli, F. (Eds.) Crisis, Credit and Resource Misallocation Evidence from Europe during the Great Recession, VoxEU book.

Benkovskis, K. and Wörz, J. (2016). Non-price components of market share gains: evidence for EU countries, chapter 6, pages 58-72, In: Belka, M., Nowotny, E., Samecki, P, and Ritzberger-Grunwald, D. (Eds.) Boosting European Competitiveness, Edward Elgar Publishing.

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

Yashiro, N., Benkovskis, K., and Tkacevs, O. (2019). "Making the best of EU regional support funds to boost productivity: Firm-level analysis", VoxEU blog, May 6:

Yashiro, N., Benkovskis, K., Masso, J., Tkacevs, O., and Vahter, P. (2018). "Learning by exporting in global value chains", VoxEU blog, April 13:

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: