Russian Crisis Hits Latvia, but (So Far) Not as Badly as Feared

From the beginning, it was clear that the economic crisis in Russia would pose multiple problems for Latvia and its Baltic neighbors. Until recently, many businesspeople in Latvia had seen close trade, transportation, and financial linkages as strengths that allowed their country to serve as Russia’s economic portal to the EU. Since the middle of […]

Russian Crisis Hits Latvia, but (So Far) Not as Badly as Feared

From the beginning, it was clear that the economic crisis in Russia would pose multiple problems for Latvia and its Baltic neighbors. Until recently, many businesspeople in Latvia had seen close trade, transportation, and financial linkages as strengths that allowed their country to serve as Russia’s economic portal to the EU. Since the middle of […]

Can Lithuania’s New Government Meet the Economic Challenges Ahead?

Commentators often portray the Baltic countries as laboratories for testing the effects of austerity under fixed exchange rates. Although they share many common traits, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have each followed distinctive paths during the global economic crisis. Estonia maintained tighter fiscal discipline going into the crisis, helping it to win entry into the Euro. […]

What to Watch in 2013: Eastern Europe/CIS edition

The following inexhaustive list is a companion to last week’s post on things to watch in MENA and our recently published outlooks. In general our regional outlook, like our global one, has become brighter on the margins but emphasizes the divergence in growth across the region and across emerging and frontier markets. We’ll be treating […]

Lessons from Latvia

In 2008, Latvia was widely seen as an economic “basket case,” a textbook example of a boom turned to bust. From 2005 to 2007, average annual growth had exceeded 10%, the current account deficit had increased to more than 20% of GDP.  By early 2008 however, the boom had come to an end, and, by the end of […]

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? THOUGHTS FROM THE ECONOMONITOR COMMUNITY

We thought we would kick off the week with some thoughts from the EconoMonitor community.  Here is what’s on the minds of our esteemed group of EconoMonitor bloggers.  We would love to hear your feedback and what’s on your mind. Spain: It’s The Mortgage Book, Stupid! -Edward Hugh (Don’t Shoot the Messenger) I have spent […]

Does Latvia Give Us Any Clues?

Short answer: yes, as long as global trade growth is negligible. Over the weekend I came across a December CEPR paper about the Latvian economy. Authors Mark Weisbrot and Rebecca Ray highlight the Latvian experience with internal devaluation, which may prove to be a case study for the current Eurozone model of internal devaluation by the […]

The Black Sea’s West Coast Weighs In on Caspian Sea Basin Pipelines

Bulgaria and Romania have over the course of the summer been setting down their markers as regards the Nabucco and South Stream pipeline projects in an on-again, off-again manner. What they finally decide may determine which pipelines from the South Caucasus and Turkey get built where in Southeast Europe. Major investment decisions are also on the line in coming months. It is consequently little exaggeration to say that the next year, if not the next half-year, will set the main lines of the blueprint for Caspian/Black Sea hydrocarbon development for the better part of the oncoming decade.

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