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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 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.

Economic Update Dutch version

Economic growth grinds to a halt in Italy

Italy’s economy stagnated in the third quarter on the back of the political situation and weak export orders. The outlook remains poor. An euro area exit and an all-out debt crisis are not imminent, but vulnerabilities to shocks are growing.

Economic Comment

Eurozone economic growth slows down

In the third quarter of 2018, the Eurozone economy grew by 0.2 percent compared to the previous quarter. October PMI indicators showed a sharper drop than expected, indicating that growth in Q4 will probably remain low.

Economic Report

De Italiaanse problemen komen niet door de euro (Dutch)

Al decennia lang gaat Italië gebukt onder lage economische groei en een hoge overheidsschuld. Italië is geen arm land met een van oudsher zwakke economie, maar decennia van zwak bestuur hebben tot een structureel ondermaatse groeiprestatie geleid.

Economic Report

Italy is testing the limits

On 27 September the Italian government presented its budget target for 2019. The worsened outlook has shocked markets and kept them busy since. The government will expectedly temper part of its plans if necessary to calm markets. That said, the risk that it will do too little too late cannot be neglected.