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Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Es esmu pētnieciskās grupas loceklis Baltijas Starptautiskajā Ekonomikas Politikas Studiju Centrā (BICEPS), kā arī docents Rīgas Ekonomikas Augstskolā, kur es, paralēli citiem kursiem, pasniedzu Politisko Ekonomiju un Starptautisko Ekonomiku. Šī bloga galvenais mērķis ir uzturēt sakarus ar domājošiem cilvēkiem, kuri ir ieinteresēti aizrakties līdz patiesībai. Šis blogs ir pieejams gan latviešu, gan angļu valodā.

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Who Stands in the Way of the Rule of Law? 20

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Like many other people, I am not in a good mood today. You might say I am quite pissed. And yet, one needs a cool mind to put all that has happened inside a bigger picture, so that the options become more clear. This is what I will try to do here. As a result, the answer to the question posed in the title is not what you probably think it is. Let me explain. Lasi

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Who stands in the way of Rail Baltica? 12

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

I spent most of my Thursday at a Rail Baltica conference (organized by the Meierovica Society, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, EC representation, and others), where I had to moderate some of the discussions. For those who don’t know, Rail Baltica is an ambitious project to link Baltic capitals to Warsaw, Berlin, and, possibly, Helsinki, by a (relatively) high speed train. For example, if something called the ‘red option’ is realized, you could get from Riga to Tallinn in about two hours. Lasi

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Uldis Osis, The 'Capital', Part II 21

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Mr. Osis persists in his misunderstanding of what ‘capital’ is (link to previous blog). According to him, the 1st level of the Latvian pension system entails savings and alleged accumulation of capital. This time Mr. Osis shows some ‘empirical evidence’ to back his words - namely a report from the VSAA (State Social Security Agency), which says that Mr. Osis’ “pension capital is 164683.94 Ls”. His article (in Latvian) is here. Lasi

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Uldis Osis, Pensions, and Capital 31

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Uldis Osis, “doctor of economics, professor, member-correspondent of Latvian Academy of Sciences”, joined the discussion on pensions with an article on Delfi. Lasi

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Higher education reform for dummies 19

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

I just spent half a day at a conference devoted to the higher education, organized by the EC representation and hosted by the University of Latvia. There is no shortage of opinions about the state of higher education (and science) these days and I do realize that it all might be rather confusing to outsiders. So let me provide a brief and, therefore, very oversimplified, picture of what I think is going on. Lasi

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(Un)real money 45

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Today’s Neatkariga Rita Avize, also sometimes referred to as Lembergs Times, has a big interview with Armands Strazds. Mr Strazds is an ex-musician who lately joined the swelling ranks of Latvia’s many self-styled economists. He is also a coordinator of RTFL, a Harmony Center think tank, and as I understand it, a devout disciple of Mr. Hudson. Knowing all this, I had certain expectations for what Mr. Strazds had to say. And yet, Mr. Strazds did manage to surprise me. Astonish, even, I’d say. Here are my favorites. Lasi

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Is anything wrong with higher education in Latvia? 1

Autors:Vyacheslav Dombrovsky

Is anything wrong with higher education in Latvia? Lasi

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On Luzhkov 17

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Should Mr. Luzhkov be allowed to gain residence permit in Latvia? First thing in the morning I got a phone call from a friend who was interested in which side I was on. Well, I think Mr. Luzhkov should not be denied entry just on the grounds of him saying Latvia is a "fascist hell", "Cambodia", and what not. Essentially, I think there are two positions here. Lasi

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How much is a child? 26

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

Diena, one of the largest daily newspapers, seems to have embarked on a holy crusade to make the government stop reforming the system of child benefits. Lasi

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The Telegraf story 30

Autors:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

I've just heard that Alexander Krasnitsky, chief editor of Telegraf, one of major Russian-language newspapers, resigned. In an interview to BNS, Mr Krasnitsky cited differences in opinions with the newspaper's publisher regarding "the freedom of the media, their content, and structure" as the main reason for his resignation. Only a year ago, Olga Proskurova, the previous chief editor of this newspaper, quit due to (as I've heard) similar reasons. Lasi