Latvian central bank launches student scientific paper contest

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The Latvian central bank (Latvijas Banka, LB) has announced its annual Competition of Student Scientific Research Papers to promote research and analysis of Latvia's and euro area's macroeconomic issues among talented young economists.

Latvijas Banka is organizing the competition for the 19th time. Participation is open to the citizens and non-citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as foreigners who at the time of the competition are registered as students of higher education institutions accredited as such in the Baltic States, enrolled in Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes, as well as to the students from the Baltic States studying abroad of the Baltic States studying abroad.

The submitted papers need to discuss subjects currently relevant for the Baltic and euro area economies (suggestions for topics and a list of the previous years’ award-winning papers are available on the website:

The period for the submission of the competition papers to Latvijas Banka is from 17 May to 31 May 2021. The competition papers will be evaluated by a committee of economists set up by Latvijas Banka.

Winning papers will be published on the website and their authors will receive prizes (incl. EUR 2000 to the Excellence Award winner, EUR 1500 to the first-place winner, EUR 1250 to the two second-place winners each and EUR 1000 to the three third-place winners each).

23 papers were submitted for the Competition of Student Scientific Research Papers organised in the previous academic year of 2019/2020.

The authors of the papers were 40 students from seven higher education institutions in Latvia and abroad. No first prize was awarded in the competition. Two second prizes were awarded to the following students: Sorina-Sofia Solonaru and Iuliana Tornea, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, for the scientific research paper "You get what you pay for! Evidence on how research unbundling under MiFID II impacts the quality of stock analyst forecasts" and Krišjānis Oskerko and Toms Henšelis, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, for their paper "Returns to skills in Latvia: What can we learn from job adverts?".

More details are available at the website in the section FOR STUDENTS. .

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