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Latvian and Europe construction comparison: stability and reasons of crisis

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  • Skribans, Valerijs

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Recently construction industry in Latvia has experienced substantial changes. Stabile increase of construction since 2002 has transformed to a boom in 2006-2007. Year 2008 characterizes with continuation of the boom in first half-year and with the rapid downslide in the second half-year. The downslide can cause the protracted recession not only in construction industry, but also in the whole national economy. In the paper Latvian construction industry is comprehensively evaluated and compared with the Baltic States and the European Union. State of dwelling funds, dynamics of construction industry and factors influencing demand, including solvency of population, desires and necessities; factors of commercial and government demand are presented. Industry costs are analyzed separately: natural resources, production of building materials, fixed assets and attraction of money capital, personnel costs. Possibilities to obtain profit while working in construction were analyzed. Basing on the analysis, suggestions for improvements in the industry activities are elaborated.

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  • Skribans, Valerijs, 2009. "Latvian and Europe construction comparison: stability and reasons of crisis," MPRA Paper 16370, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:16370
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    1. Mező, Júlia & Bagi, Ágnes, 2012. "Crisis management in the Baltic States," MPRA Paper 40366, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    construction economics; demand; living conditions; real estate; solvency; credit burden; investments;

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    • N60 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - General, International, or Comparative

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