Vytautas Kuokštis

Vytautas is Associate professor at the Institute.

Vytautas obtained his PhD from Vilnius University in 2013. He holds an MA in Comparative Politics from Vilnius University and BSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga).

In 2016-17, Vytautas was visiting Fulbright scholar at Harvard University. In addition, he has had research stays at University of Zurich, University College London, Central European University, European University Institute, Bristol University, and Tallinn Technical University. 

Research Areas:


  • Policy analysis
  • International economics

Additional Information:

Email: kuokstis@gmail.com


Peer-reviewed journal articles in English

“Race to the Euro: Why Latvia Joined Earlier Than Lithuania” (co-authored with Anastazija Markevičiūtė), Baltic Journal of Political Science, 5(5), 5-20, 2017.


“Fiscal Policy Learning from Crisis: Comparative Analysis of the Baltic Countries” (co-authored with Ringa Raudla, Rainer Kattel, and Aleksandrs Cepilovs), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice (published online), 1-19.


“Searching for Historical Analogies in Political Economy: The Baltic States and the Gold Standard Regime”, Journal of Baltic Studies, 47 (3), 287-299, 2016.


“Jingle bELLs and Struggling GIPS: Comparing Baltic and Southern Eurozone’s Crisis Experience”, Acta Oeconomica, 65 (s1), 39-64, 2015.


“Fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in Lithuania in the period 2008-2012: from grand ambitions to hectic fire fighting” (co-authored with Vitalis Nakrošis and Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), International Review of Administrative Sciences, 81 (3), 522-540, 2015.


“Cooperating Estonians and ‘Exiting’ Lithuanians: Trust in Times of Crisis”, Post-Soviet Affairs, 31(6), 557-575.


“Baltic States in World Markets: Does Katzenstein’s Framework Still Hold?”, Journal of Baltic Studies, 46 (2), 109-126.

“What Type of Capitalism Do the Baltic Countries Belong To?”, Emecon 1, 2011.

Book chapters in English

“Lithuania’s Economic Diplomacy: Export Promotion and FDI Attraction”, (co-authored with Ringailė Kuokštytė), in Andris Sprūds and Karlis Bukovskis (eds.), Economic Diplomacy of the Baltic States. Latvian Institute of International Affairs/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Riga, 2014, 115-131.

“The Politics of Reacting to the Crisis in Lithuania from 2008-2013: Exiting the Crisis, Entering Politics as Usual?” (co-authored with Ramūnas Vilpišauskas and Vitalis Nakrošis), in Karlis Bukovskis (ed.), The Politics of Economic Sustainability: Baltic and Visegrad Responses to the European Economic Crisis. Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Riga, 2014, 30-50

“Baltic Variety of Capitalism as an Explanation to the Success of Internal Devaluation”, in Leonid Kosals and Heiko Pleines (ed.), Governance failure and reform attempts after the global economic crisis of 2008/2009. Case Studies from Central and Eastern Europe. Changing Europe book series no. 9. Ibidem Publishers, Stuttgart, 2012, 13-28.


Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in Lithuanian

“Estijos, Lietuvos ir Argentinos valiutų valdybos modelių institucinė analizė” (“An Institutionalist Analysis of Currency Boards in Estonia, Lithuania and Argentina”, co-authored with Magnus Feldmann), Politologija, 79 (3), 55-89, 2015.

“Lietuvos dalyvavimo Europos Sąjungoje politinė ekonomija: dešimties metų patirtis” (“The Political Economy of Lithuania’s Participation in the European Union: Ten Years’ Experience”), in Klaudijus Maniokas (ed.), Pirmasis Lietuvos dešimtmetis Europos Sąjungoje: transformacija ar imitacija?, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 70-102, 2015. Earlier and shorter version of the text published as an article: “Lietuvos narystė Europos Sąjungoje: ekonominė raida” (“Lithuania’s Membership in the European Union: Economic Development”), Politologija, 76 (4), 2014, 93-123.

“Kodėl Baltijos šalys nedevalvavo valiutos: politinis požiūris”, Politologija, 62 (2), 2011, 57-86.

“Politika ir investuotojų pasitikėjimas: Baltijos šalys per krizę”, Politologija, 60 (4), 2010, 59-95.

Reviews and other publications


Review of Zenonas Norkus’ book On Baltic Slovenia and Adriatic Lithuania: a qualitative compara-tive analysis of patterns in post-communist transformation, Politologija, 75 (3), 139-144.

 “L’ajustement à la crise selon les pays baltes: une perspective comparatiste” (co-authored with Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), Outre Terre, 32 (2), 2012, 283-294.

Review of Anders Åslund’s book The Last Shall Be the First: The East European Financial Crisis, Europe-Asia Studies, 63 (8), 2011.

Review of Zenonas Norkus’ book Kokia demokratija, koks kapitalizmas, Politologija, 59 (3), 2010.


“Mokestinės moralės reikšmė, situacija Lietuvoje ir būdai ją pagerinti” (“The Importance of Tax Morale, its Situation in Lithuania, and Ways of Improving it”) (co-authored with Romualdas Bakutis), Lithuanian Annual Conference of Political Science, November 25, 2016.

“Trust and Taxation: Why Legitimacy Matters More During Crises”, IPSA World Congress, Poznan, Poland, July 23-28, 2016.

“Race to the Euro: Why Latvia Joined Earlier Than Lithuania” (co-authored with Anastazija Markevičiūtė), 8th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, Trento, Italy, June 16-18. Also presented at the 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, July 8-10, 2015.

“The Conditional Effect of Political Trust on Tax Compliance”, EPSA Annual General Conference, Vienna, June 25-27, 2015. Also presented at ECPR Joint Sessions, Warsaw, March 29-April 2, 2015.

“The Political Economy of Currency Boards and the Crisis in Central and Eastern Europe,” (co-authored with Magnus Feldmann), 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, July 8-10, 2015.

“Explaining National Preferences on the New European Banking Policy Framework: The Case of Lithuania” (co-authored with Marius Skuodis), 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Paris, July 8-10, 2015.

 “Adjustment to the Crisis in Lithuania: A Model Success Story or a Basket Case?”Debatte journal conference, Warsaw, November 22-24, 2014.

“The Political Economy of Currency Boards and Financial Crises in Comparative Perspective” (co-authored with Magnus Feldmann), APSA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, August 28-31, 2014.

“Jingle bELLs and Struggling GIPS: Comparing Baltic and Southern Eurozone's Crisis Experience”, 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, June 5-7, 2014, the Hague, the Netherlands.

“Cooperating Estonians and ‘Exiting’ Lithuanians: Trust in Times of Crisis”, ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca, Spain, April 10-15, 2014.

“Politinio pasitikėjimo aiškinimas: santykinė hipotezė” (co-authored with Mažvydas Jastramskis), Lithuanian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference, November 22, 2013.

“National responses to the financial and economic crisis: how relevant is the experience of the Baltic States to Southern EU members?” (co-authored with Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), SPERI Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, July 1-2, 2013, Sheffield, UK.

“Fiscal Consolidation in Lithuania in the Period of 2008-2012: From Grand Ambitions to Hectic Firefighting?” (co-authored with Vitalis Nakrošis and Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), Halduskultuur-Administrative Culture conference, May  3-4 d., 2013, Tallinn, Estonia.

“Trust and Taxes: Estonian and Lithuanian Fiscal Performance during the Crisis”, APSA Annual Conference, August 30-September 2, 2012, New Orleans, US.

“Fiscal consolidation during the Great Recession: the case of Lithuania” (co-authored with Vitalis Nakrošis and Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), XVI IRSPM conference Contradictions in Public Management. Managing in volatile times, April 11-13, 2012, Rome, Italy.

“Applying Katzenstein’s Framework to the Baltic States”, ECPR annual conference, August 25-27, 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland.

“Baltic Variety of Capitalism as an Explanation to the Success of Internal Devaluation”, the 6-th Changing Europe summer school, August 1-7, 2011, Moscow, Russia. Earlier versions of the paper were presented at the EAEPE summer school, July 4-8 d. 2011, Rome Italy, and summer school “What) Have We Learned? New Perspectives on the Political Economy of Finance and Regulation”, May 9-11, 2011, Paris, France.

“Trust and Taxes: Explaining Estonia‘s Fiscal Success”, 17th Annual Hungarian Political Science Association Conference, May 20-21, Budapest, Hungary.

“Economic Adjustment to the Crisis in the Baltic States in Comparative Perspective” (co-authored with Ramūnas Vilpišauskas), 7th European International Relations Conference, September 9-11, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. The paper was also presented at CEPSA Annual Conference, October 14-15, 2010, Bratislava, Slovakia.