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Maartje Wijffelaars

Senior Economist

Maartje works as an economist at RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets.

She focuses extensively on (political and economic) developments in the eurozone as a whole and in the member states Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece.

Maartje previously worked at the University of Antwerp where she researched the relationship between financial institutions and government debt in the eurozone at the time of the financial crisis. She studied Economics and Finance at Tilburg University.

Publications Maartje Wijffelaars

Economic Comment

Eurozone inflation cannot keep up with strong economic growth

Economic growth in the Eurozone exceeded expectations in the third quarter of 2017. Growth is heading for 2.3 percent in 2017. Still, in the short term, core inflation is unlikely to reach the levels the ECB would deem 'durable and self-sustaining'.

Economic Report

Catalonia declares itself independent, but loses self-governance

Friday, Catalonia unilaterally declared itself independent. Shortly after, the Catalan government was fired and the region is now governed from Madrid. Civil unrest is set to rise. Yet Catalonia is not independent and remains part of Spain.

Economic Report

Catalan crisis escalates, economic costs become visible

Saturday October 21st, the central government will start taking control of the Catalan region. The Catalan economy suffers the most from the independence push. The institutional crisis will not endanger Spain’s economic recovery, but growth could slow a bit.

Economic Comment

Catalonië stemt voor onafhankelijkheid: hoe nu verder? (Dutch)

Op 1 oktober stemden de Catalanen vóór onafhankelijkheid. Onafhankelijkheid blijft onwaarschijnlijk, maar de relatie tussen Barcelona en Madrid heeft overduidelijk een dieptepunt bereikt. Onzekerheid zal dan ook nog lang aanhouden.

Economic Report Dutch version

Catalans will vote to separate from Spain

Catalonia intends to hold a referendum on independence on 1 October. We think Catalans will vote in favour of independence, but turnout will be low. Hence, Catalonia will stay within Spain and use the outcome to negotiate more autonomy for the region.