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  • 5-October-2017

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    Boosting economic opportunities and wellbeing in Latvia: why housing matters

    Unemployment is still above 8% in Latvia and contributes to poverty, in part because many unemployed have been without a job for an extended period of time.

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  • 5-October-2017

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    Government at a Glance

    Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.

  • 29-September-2017

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    Latvia Policy Brief: Inequality - Improving policies to reduce inequality in Latvia

    Latvia faces high levels of income inequality and poverty. The tax and redistribution system only partially alleviates inequalities resulting from market incomes. Long-term unemployment and inadequate minimum social protection drive poverty among the working-age population.

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  • 29-September-2017

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    Latvia Policy Brief: Promoting better access to care while delivering health care more effectively

    Within a context of lower resources and higher health needs than in many OECD countries, Latvia’s health system delivers relatively efficient and effective care to the population, however, existing financial and geographical barriers to care are important drivers of unmet health care needs.

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  • 25-September-2017

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    Latvia: time to reboot inclusive productivity growth

    Latvia’s economy is growing strongly. Driven by the recovery of exports and investment as well as strong private consumption, real GDP growth is expected to strengthen from 2% in 2016 to around 4% this year and next.

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  • 15-September-2017

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    Economic Survey of Latvia 2017

    The Latvian Economy has grown robustly but not enough for strong convergence in living standards.

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  • 15-September-2017

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    Latvia: Maintain robust expansion and continue reforms to achieve income convergence and more inclusive growth

    Successful implementation of economic reforms has boosted the Latvian economy, leading to strong growth, rising wages and solid public finances. Further policy action is now needed to accelerate productivity growth, create jobs, drive down poverty, improve living standards and ensure that everyone benefits from more inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.

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  • 15-September-2017

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, in Riga, Latvia, on 15 September 2017

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Riga, on 15 September 2017 to present the 2017 Economic Survey of Latvia, alongside Mr. Arvils Ašeradens, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.

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  • 15-September-2017

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    OECD Economic Surveys: Latvia 2017

    Latvia’s economy has grown robustly in recent years on the back of a strong track record in implementing structural reforms, despite a challenging international environment. Rising wages have supported household consumption. After a severe setback in 2008-09, catch-up with higher income OECD countries may have resumed. Government finances are solid and financial market confidence in Latvia is strong. Private sector indebtedness is now lower than in many OECD economies. Export performance, including diversification of products and destinations, is improving, but Latvia’s participation in global value chains is modest. Latvia’s exports still rely heavily on low value-added, natural resource intensive products, reflecting in part skills shortages and weak innovation. Unemployment remains high, although it has fallen. Many young Latvians emigrate. Informal economic activity is still widespread.
    High long-term unemployment, weak social safety nets and high labour taxes for workers on low pay contribute to widespread poverty. Many low-income households are inadequately housed. High out-of-pocket payments limit access of low-income households to health services. Improving access to housing, health care, education and training would improve economic opportunities for low-income households and requires additional government spending.

    SPECIAL FEATURES : MOVING UP THE GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN; ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

  • 14-June-2017

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    Latvia's Official Development Assistance (ODA)

    In 2016, preliminary data show that ODA reached USD 28 million (0.10% of GNI). In 2015, Latvia’s net ODA amounted to USD 23 million, representing an increase of 9% in real terms over 2014.

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