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Maartje Wijffelaars

Senior Economist

Maartje works as a Senior 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 outlook Italy: Coronavirus raises recession risk

The coronavirus raises the risk that Italy’s economy will enter a recession. Economic growth was already being hampered by the weak global environment and domestic policy uncertainty. The virus is expected to shave off some additional tenths of growth.


Coronavirus: Outbreak of uncertainty

We outline four scenarios in which the coronavirus outbreak becomes increasingly severe and discuss the implications for China and the world economy.

Economic Comment

Eurozone economy: Neither icing nor a cake

The Eurozone economy grew by 0.1% in the final quarter of 2019. For 2020 we expect growth to remain lackluster. Domestic demand will slow as the business cycle has substantially advanced, whilst the external environment will remain weak.

Economic Report

Spain: Economic Outlook 2020 and beyond

The Spanish economy is losing momentum, but continues to grow faster than most Eurozone peers. Plans of the new left government might support growth in the short term, but jeopardize growth and social benefits in the medium term.

Economic Comment

The transatlantic trade war: Plenty of topics to be upset about

Now that the phase one trade deal between the US and China has been signed, the US will shift its focus to the EU. US frustrations related to EU trade policy have been mounting recently. In addition, little progress has been made on US requests related to defense spending and the EU’s China policy.