Person of Interest by SSE Riga

Arnis Sauka: Can academics influence politicians?

The interactions between the very different worlds of academia and politics take centre stage this week. Arnis Sauka, co-author of some of the most influential research produced in Latvia – the Shadow Economy Index and Ficil Sentiment Index – gives concrete examples of how solid research can help produce better decisions among policymakers.

Arnis Sauka is Professor and the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Siegen (Germany) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Jönköping International Business School (Sweden) and University College London (U.K.). His research findings, which deal with the shadow economy, tax morale, productivity and competitiveness, social responsibility, internationalization of companies and entrepreneurship policies, have been published in leading international peer- reviewed journals, as well as a number of edited books.

Arnis Sauka is co-author of the annual Shadow Economy Index for the Baltic Countries (with Prof. Tālis J. Putniņš, since 2009), author of the annual FICIL Sentiment Index (in cooperation with Foreign Investors Council in Latvia, since 2015), author of the annual study on the Shadow Economy in the Construction Industry in Latvia (in cooperation with the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs, since 2015). He has participated in and/ or acted as a project manager in several big scale international projects.

He is a board member of the Foreign Investment Council in Latvia (FICIL) (since 2019) and NGO BASE (Business Against the Shadow Economy) since 2015.
He has organized various events, including academic and applied conferences, workshops, seminars, etc., as well as is a frequent speaker in the national media commenting on economic and business-related issues.

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