RaboResearch - Economic Research

Maartje Wijffelaars

Senior Economist

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

She focuses extensively on (political and economic) developments in Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. On top of that she also covers main themes for the Eurozone as a whole.

She 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. Maartje has studied Economics and Finance at Tilburg University.

Publications Maartje Wijffelaars

Economic Quarterly Report

Eurozone: waar is de vraag gebleven? (Dutch)

We verwachten dat de economie in de eurozone in 2019 met 1,3 procent groeit en in 2020 met 1,5 procent. De groei zal worden gedreven door de binnenlandse bestedingen. De belangrijkste risico’s blijven de Brexit en een verdere escalatie van de handelsspanningen tussen de VS en de EU.

Special Dutch version

Recession strikes (again) on the Italian peninsula

Italy’s slipped into a recession. A quick rebound is not to be expected. New budgetary issues are likely to raise concerns on the market later this year. Growth is forecasted to be flat in 2019. The probability of a coalition break-up is low, but looks set to increase after European elections.

Economic Report Dutch version

Spain elections: Third time’s a charm, right?

Spain will hold early elections on 28 April. The short-term economic impact will be limited, but public finances will be worse off in 2019. The longer-term impact is difficult to assess based on current polls, but it could well be positive.

Economic Report

Spain: Strong recovery does not justify complacency

To preserve healthy economic growth rates in the medium term, the Spanish government should speed up the labour market recovery and deal with remaining challenges. Elections in 2019 could break the reform deadlock, but not necessarily in a positive way.

Economic Quarterly Report

Eurozone: één vertraging maakt nog geen crisis (Dutch)

Na een zwak derde kwartaal trekt de groei in de eurozone de komende kwartalen weer aan. Ondanks zorgen over Brexit, wereldwijde handelsspanningen en Italië staan we niet aan de vooravond van een nieuwe crisis. Wel remmen capaciteitsbeperkingen de groei.

Special

The crisis and recovery of Spain’s labour market

During the crisis, unemployment in Spain increased rapidly. In the past years, employment has substantially recovered due to strong economic growth and labour market reforms. That said, the unemployment rate is still high and significant challenges remain.