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 Update

Economic Update Belgium

Declining producer and consumer sentiment points to a very weak pace of economic activity going forward. In addition, the relatively large fiscal adjustment in 2013 will act as a strong headwind to economic growth.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Italië (Dutch)

In 12K4 is het BBP voor het zesde kwartaal op rij gekrompen. Italiaanse staatsrentes zijn gestegen als gevolg van de beleidsonzekerheid die na de verkiezingen is ontstaan. Mogelijk tast dit ook het broze consumenten- en producentenvertrouwen aan.

Economic Update

Economic Update Italy

In 12Q4 GDP shrank for the sixth consecutive quarter. Uncertainty about the policy of the next government has led to increased yields on both government bonds. It may also weaken the fragile consumer and producer sentiment.

Economic Report Dutch version

Italian elections: A lost year?

Given the Italian election outcome, resurgence of political and financial market unrest seems likely. No party has obtained a workable majority and a coalition seems extremely difficult to be formed. In any case, the appetite for further fiscal austerity and reforms will be lower than desired.

Economic Comment

Eurozone’s growth disappoints in 12Q4 (Dutch)

The eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% q-o-q in the final quarter of 2012. Sentiment indicators suggest the economy will fare better in 13Q1, but we do not expect growth to pick up strongly in 2013 amid severe economic headwinds.

Economic Comment

Eurozone’s growth disappoints in 12Q4

The eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% q-o-q in the final quarter of 2012. Sentiment indicators suggest the economy will fare better in 13Q1, but we do not expect growth to pick up strongly in 2013 amid severe economic headwinds.

Economic Update

Economic Update Belgium

GDP contracted slightly in 12Q4. Growth is expected to have been week across the board and is not likely to rebound strongly in 2013. On the upside, inflation is on a downward trend and agreements are reached to keep labour costs in check.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld België (Dutch)

Het BBP kromp in 12K4 licht. Vermoedelijk was de groei over de gehele linie zwak en ook voor 2013 verwachten wij geen sterke toename in het BBP. Positief nieuws is de dalende inflatie en de in het verschiet liggende loonkostenbeperking.