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The Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies (FREE) is a joint initiative by SITE (Stockholm), BEROC (Minsk), BICEPS (Riga), CEFIR (Moscow), CenEA (Szczecin), ISET (Tbilisi) and KSE (Kiev). Together, these research institutes form an extensive network of leading academic experts on economic issues in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The institutes also conduct research about development, emerging markets, as well as economics in general.

The FREE Policy Brief Series is designed to provide short and informative analyses on current economic policy challenges. The focus will be on Eastern Europe and emerging markets. The writings will be based on academic research papers or policy work by the researchers at the different institutes and updated on a weekly basis. The ambition is to bridge the gap between ongoing academic research and policy making, to stimulate and contribute to the international debate as well as to intensify the interaction and discussion with other researchers, policy-makers, and business representatives across the world.

FREE policy briefs from BICEPS

20/12/2021: Global Gender Gap in Unpaid Care: Why Domestic Work Still Remains a Woman's Burden, contribution by Anna Pluta (BICEPS)

29/11/2021: Foreign-Owned Firms and Labor Tax Evasion in Latvia, by Nicolas Gavoille (SSE Riga, BICEPS) and Anna Zasova (BICEPS) 

08/03/2021: Women in Politics: Why Are They Under-represented?, by Dominik Gerber (SSE Riga, BICEPS)

01/10/2020: Transition and Beyond: Women on the Labour Market in the Context of Changing Social Norms, contribution by Anna Zasova (BICEPS)  

15/01/2020: Economics of Childbearing and Pronatalist Policies contributions by Nicolas Gavoille (SSE Riga, BICEPS), Anna Pļuta (BICEPS) and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

18/11/2019: Gender Gaps in Wages and Wealth: Evidence From Estonia by Nicolas Gavoille (SSE Riga, BICEPS)

31/01/2019: Sex, Drugs and Bitcoin: How Much Illegal Activity Is Financed Through Cryptocurrencies? by Tālis Putniņs (BICEPS; University of Technology Sydney; SSE Riga)

16/10/2017: Latvia Stumbling Towards Progressive Income Taxation: Episode II by Anna Pluta and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

30/01/2017: Gaming the System: Side Effects of Earnings-Dependent Benefits by Vitalijs Jascisens (TSE & SITE) and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

18/01/2016: Electoral Competition and Political Selection by Nicolas Gavoille (SSE Riga and BICEPS)

16/11/2015: Latvia Stumbling Towards Progressive Income Taxation by Alf Vanags and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

02/02/2015: The Political Economy of the Latvian State Since 1991: Some Reflections on the Role of External Anchors by Alf Vanags (BICEPS)

03/11/2014: Equity and Efficiency in the Latvian Tax-Benefit System by Anna Zasova and Anna Pļuta (BICEPS)

04/11/2013: Entrepreneurship in Latvia and Other Baltic States: Results from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor by Marija Krumina (BICEPS)

04/02/2013: And Then There Were Eighteen? Will Latvia Join the Euro Zone in 2014? by Daunis Auers (University of Latvia)

10/12/2012: Latvian Unemployment is Cyclical by Daria Anosova (NES), Konstantin Sonin (CEFIR and NES), Alf Vanags (BICEPS), and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

06/02/2012: The Distributional Impact of Austerity Measures in Latvia by Olga Rastrigina and Anna Zasova (BICEPS)

26/09/2011: Baltic Shadow Economies by Tālis J. Putniņš and Arnis Sauka (SSE Riga and BICEPS)

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