Keynote Speaker

Beata Javorcik (EBRD, Oxford University)

Beata Javorcik is Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. She is on leave from the University of Oxford, where she is the first woman to hold a Statutory Professorship in Economics. She is also a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and the Director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at ifo Institute, University of Munich, as well as of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI in Prague. Before taking up her position at Oxford, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she focused on research, lending operations and policy advice. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale and a B.A. in Economics (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Rochester. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the European Economic Association (among many others).

The keynote speech will be the 2023 Alf Vanags Memorial Lecture. Alf Vanags was the Director of the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS) and former Eurofaculty and SSE Riga faculty member. Prior to coming to Riga he held academic positions at Queen Mary & Westfield College London University. Alf was one of the founding editors of the Baltic Journal of Economics, and one of the founders of the FREE Network (Forum for Research in Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies).

Previous lecturers: Erik Berglof (LSE, 2017), John Broome (Oxford University, 2018), Francis Kramarz (CREST, 2019), Ruben Enikolopov (New Economic School, 2021).

We thank BICEPS for the financial and technical support.

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