INCOME DIFFERENCES IN REGIONS OF LATVIA – PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES
Keywords:income differences, regional development, Latvia
Income differences in regions of Latvia is becoming a greater problem for families as there are made decisions for emigration, for municipalities as there are significant reductions in tax (income and property) payers and for entrepreneurs as there are less customers for their products and services: those aspects are on great importance but not enough researched and discussed in academic research.
Purpose of the study is to analyse income differences in the regions of Latvia.
The tasks of the study:
1) to review theoretical background of income differences in context of regional development;
2) to review existing research of income differences in the regions in EU;
3) to analyse problems of income indifferences in the regions of Latvia.
Research methods used in preparation of the paper: scientific publication and previous conducted research results analysis, analysis of EU-SILC results (in 2014-2017) and European Central Bank conducted survey on Household income and expenses survey results, results are compared with the results of other Eurozone countries. Survey results are analysed using indicators of descriptive statistics (indicators of central tendency or location - arithmetic mean, mode, median), indicators of variability (indicators of dispersion - range, standard deviation and standard error of mean), cross-tabulations for regions in Latvia, for household members, for urban – rural living and analysis of variance - ANOVA are used. The results of analysis have indicated different challenges for decision makers on different levels.