Elected to parliament of the Republic of Latvia in the years 2011 and 2014.
Served as Minister for Education and Science and Minister for Economics in the Latvian government. Also served as chairman of the Economics Committee at the Latvian parliament and head of the Reform Party’s parliamentary group.
He left parliament in 2015 to found Certus, a public policy think tank focused on seeking new growth solutions for Latvia’s economy.
He was previously an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Senior Researcher at the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS).
He received his PhD (specialization in public finance and applied econometrics.) at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.