Evaluation of the Competitiveness of Statistical Regions in Latvia Using Official Statistical Information


  • Ilze Judrupa Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Maija Šenfelde Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Vytautas Juščius Klaipeda University, Lithuania




concept of competitiveness, regional competitiveness, regional competitiveness index, relative weights, ranking


There is a lack of methodologically grounded and generally accepted regional competitiveness’ evaluation method in Latvia. Common feature of the research about nature of competitiveness is that competitiveness of a region depends on how high and sustainable the level of prosperity in the region is. The analysis of scientific literature showed, that most often synthetic indexes are used to evaluate competitiveness of a region. Methodology to evaluate regional competitiveness was developed and approbated in case of Latvia. To identify the most appropriate method for competitiveness index calculation, Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) according to two different methods was calculated in the research. The results obtained were similar, but each of index calculation methods has its own advantages and disadvantages and the choice of the appropriate method will depend on the researcher's goals and objectives. Use of relative weights in index calculations affects the obtained results, therefore, necessity of relative weights must be economically justified. It was proven that regional competitiveness cannot be characterized by such simple indicators as GDP or GDP per capita. RCI shows the level of competitiveness of Latvia’s statistical regions, it is possible to compare regions in time and among each other. It allows to form regional development policy and strategy more reasonably.

Author Biographies

Ilze Judrupa, Riga Technical University, Latvia

Ilze Judrupa, Dr.oec, is an Associated Professor at Riga Technical University Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management. She received the Ph.D. degree in economics from RTU in 2011 and has 20 years’ experience of pedagogical and scientific work. She has participated in various research projects related to regional development and competitiveness of countries. In 2012-2014 she participated in INTERREG IVC project “MICROPOL: promoting development and innovation through Smart Work Centres in non-metropolitan Europe”, where her research interests included development of Smart Work Centres. Her current research interests include regional development and competitiveness.

Maija Šenfelde, Riga Technical University, Latvia

Maija Šenfelde holds a Doctor degree in Economics (1993) from Scientific Council of Latvian University. She has been working for Riga Technical University in different positions. Since 2003 Maija Šenfelde is Profesor of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, from 1997 to 2007 she was a Deputy Dean for Studies, from 2009 to 2014 she was a Director of Institute of National and Regional Economy, since 2014she is Head of Departament of territorial development Management and Urban Economics.  Main fields for research are macroeconomics,international and regional economics. She has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and articles and is the author of study books as well. Maija Šenfelde is Expert of Latvian Science Council, Member of Promotion Council, Member of Professors Council of RTU etc.

Vytautas Juščius, Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Vytautas Juščius, PhD in Social Sciences (Economics), professor, head of Economics Department at Klaipeda University Faculty of Social Sciences. He is a member of the Editorial Board at the International Journal “Regional Formation and Development Studies”. His research interests include corporate social responsibility, globalization, competitiveness, sustainable development. He is the author of more than 50 national and international publications.

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