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Remembering Alf

2016 20-07

It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the sudden death of Alf Vanags, 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 served as its Managing Editor at the time of passing away. As Director of BICEPS he was one of the founders of the FREE Network (Forum for Research in Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies). Read more

BICEPS future

2016 20-07

On June 26, Alf Vanags passed away. Alf founded BICEPS in 2002 and has served as its Director since then. Until the very end, he was actively working on projects, taking part in the public debate, and giving policy advice. There are many former students and colleagues whose lives and careers Alf influenced – with his lectures, with advice, with support and sometimes by simply being a wise friend who could encourage, help to identify the most important things and to go forward. He created a truly unique atmosphere around himself - many people who used to work with BICEPS and are not formally affiliated with BICEPS anymore, kept the ties and often come to our office. “Once you are in, you can never get out” – this is Alf’s favorite saying about people affiliated with BICEPS. Read more


Joint BICEPS and SSE Riga Seminar Series welcomes researchers working on theoretical or empirical topics in all fields, but especially on transitional economies. If you are interested in presenting your research in our research seminar series, please e-mail your proposal to Nicolas Gavoille at

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