Institution: Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Dominik Gerber


E-mail: dominik.gerber[at]

Zane Varpina


  • Higher Education
  • Demography
  • Labour Market


  • PhD in Demography, University of Latvia
  • Inter University Diploma in EU Studies, Universite Nancy II, Ex-en-Provence Institute of Political Science, June 2004
  • MA of Science in Mathematical Economics, University of Latvia, June 2003
  • BA of Science in Analytical Economics, University of Latvia, June 2001


Phone: (+371) 67015828

E-mail: zane.varpina[at]

Kata Fredheim


Kata is Research Associate at BICEPS and Assistant Professor at SSE Riga. Dr Kata Fredheim is a social anthropologist. Her research is on migration, internationalization of higher education and Brexit. Her early research and PhD explored the social and economic effects of migration looking at the role of creative industries and entrepreneurs. She investigated how entrepreneurs (first, second and third generation migrants) in cultural and creative industries simultaneously represent and challenge discourses of cultural diversity. Her later work focused on building research-based strategy and policy advice on Brexit. She investigated the Brexit’s impact on migrants in education and research.


E-mail: kata.fredheim[at]

Talis Putnins


  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Sydney (2010)
  • Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours, University of Adelaide (2005)
  • Bachelor of Finance, University of Adelaide (2005)

Research interests:

  • Financial market microstructure, including market manipulation, insider trading, liquidity, price discovery, short selling, dark trading, high-frequency trading
  • Shadow economies
  • Asset pricing


Talis Putnins is a research associate at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies. His research interests include financial market integrity, market manipulation, short selling, partial detection modelling and topics in market microstructure.  He actively presents his research at international conferences and universities in Europe, Australia, Asia and the US.


E-mail: talis.putnins[at]


Dmitrijs Kravcenko


E-mail: dmitrijs.kravcenko[at]

Morten Hansen


  • Monetary Policy
  • EU economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Regional disparities


Morten Hansen is Head of Economics Department, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Vice-President of the Latvian European Community Studies Association (LECSA), Research Associate at BICEPS and Research Fellow at the Centre for European and Transition Studies (CETS) at University of Latvia. He was formerly with EuroFaculty, University of Latvia and has resided in Latvia since 1994. He holds an MSc in economics from Aarhus University, Denmark, where he specialized in econometrics.



Phone: (+371) 67015852

E-mail: morten.hansen[at]

Arnis Sauka


Dr. Arnis Sauka is Research Associate at BICEPS, Associate Professor at SSE Riga and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga. He has a PhD from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.). Arnis main research interests include the shadow economy, productive and unproductive entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy making and competitiveness, and entrepreneurship development in a transition context. Drawing on his academic work that have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books and presented at numerous European and North American conferences, he has also been extensively involved in applied research. This has included contracted reports for the OECD and Eurofound as well as for various industry associations and NGOs in Latvia and other countries. Arnis Sauka is co- author of the annual Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries (with Prof. Tālis J. Putniņš, since 2009) and he has participated in and managed various EU-funded international projects. Arnis has also been involved in management and consultancy activities, including working as Vice Rector for Studies and Research at Ventspils University College (2011-2013), a board member of the NGO BASE (Business Against the Shadow Economy) (since 2015), and a senior consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (2008). From 2011-2014 he was Advisor to the Minister of Health on Financial and Economic Issues. Arnis is also an Expert in Management Science and an Expert in Economics at the Latvian Council for Science (2011-2014; 2014-2017) as well as a member of the promotion committee of the doctoral programme implemented by the BA School of Business and Finance and RISEBA University.


Phone: (+371) 67015827

E-mail: arnis.sauka[at]

Anders Paalzow

Acting Director, Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS), Riga, Latvia, 2016-

Rector/President, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, 1999-

Rector/President, Stockholm School of Economics in Russia, Russia and Sweden, 2019-


  • Macroeconomics, economic growth;
  • Competitiveness
  • Entrepreneurship


  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Debt
  • Regional Development
  • Economics of Racetrack Betting


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, 1986-1992 / Thesis: Public Debt Management
  • Civilekonom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, 1982-1985 / Major: Accounting and Finance


Phone: (+371) 67015801

e-mail: anders.paalzow[at]