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Erik-Jan van Harn


Erik-Jan works as an economist at RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets.

He analyses economic developments in the Eurozone with a focus on Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Erik-Jan studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Utrecht and Quantitative Finance & Actuarial Sciences at Tilburg University.

Publications Erik-Jan van Harn


Money printing: First, do no harm

Can we just print extra money to tackle the corona crisis? We conclude that only seven (!) countries in the world meet our proposed MMT criteria: leaving aside the US, these countries need the rare combination of a sovereign currency, simultaneous fiscal deficit and current account surplus, plus good governance.

Economic Quarterly Report Dutch version

Eurozone: Risk of further north-south divergence

The Covid-crisis further widens the differences within the Eurozone. Southern member states have less fiscal space to spur economic recovery. Additionally, the composition of the economy makes these countries more vulnerable. For 2020 we forecast a GDP contraction of 9.1%.


Een nieuwe eurocrisis kost Nederland veel meer geld dan een herstelfonds (Dutch)

De Europese Commissie wil een herstelfonds oprichten om zwakke eurolanden te helpen. Premier Rutte keerde zich snel tegen giften en beschouwt het plan als onverkoopbaar in Nederland. Door de sterke verbinding die ons land door handel en investeringen met Europa heeft, is het herstelfonds ook in het belang van Nederland.


EU recovery fund: What will be the impact?

The European Commission presented a recovery fund for the EU. Although there a quite some hurdles to be taken, a compromise does not look out of reach. The pooling of liabilities is further completes the European capital market.