Scientists have started to create a database about the Baltic States in the last 100 years

Scientists from the Baltic States and Norway have started to create a database about the Baltic States over the last 100 years, including the calculation of gross domestic product (GDP).

In May 2021, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences together with partners from the Universities of Tartu and Vilnius, the Norwegian School of Economics will start work on an ambitious research project that will be implemented within the framework of the Baltic Research Program. The project “Quantitative Data about Societal and Economic Transformations in the Regions of the Three Baltic States during the Last Hundred Years for the Analysis of Historical Transformations and the Overcoming of Future Challenges” plans to collect quantitative data by creating a quantitative data repository reflecting social and economic transformations in the three Baltic regions over the last hundred years. to provide a quantitative analysis of long-term development trends by region (since 1920).

The project leader is Gatis Krūmiņš, a leading researcher at the Institute of Social, Economic and Humanitarian Studies of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, who explains the topicality of the project: We have managed to bring together a strong team of interdisciplinary scientists from the Baltics and Scandinavia, and we will work for three years to contribute to increasing the knowledge base of our countries. And this is not just a question of economics. This knowledge will allow us to analyze with a cooler mind historical events, which are still tendentiously interpreted for various reasons. For example, events in the Baltic States during the occupation of the USSR. “

As a result of the project, a statistical data repository will be created, in which data series on demographic and socio-economic development indicators will be available up to the regional level. This repository will serve as an open-source of reliable information for planning and forecasting different scenarios in regional policy-making, as well as for various media literacy and strategic communication needs. The project plans to prepare a collective monograph and 8 high-quality publications.

The project “Quantitative Data about Societal and Economic Transformations in the Regions of the Three Baltic States during the Last Hundred Years for the Analysis of Historical Transformations and the Overcoming of Future Challenges” (No. EEA-RESEARCH-174) is one of the projects of the Baltic Research Program financially supported by the European Economic Area (EEA). grants. The implementation of the project started on May 1, 2021, while the available funding until 2024 is 999092.70 euros.

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