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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 Quarterly Report

De twee gezichten van de eurozone (Dutch)

We verwachten dat de economie in de eurozone in 2020 met 1,0 procent en in 2021 met 0,8 procent groeit. De binnenlandse bestedingen stuwen de groei op, terwijl een lagere groei van de buitenlandse vraag de groei drukt.

Column

Maakt Trump zijn eigen wagenpark duurder? (Dutch)

Zolang de inkt van een fase 1 deal tussen de VS en China niet droog is, zal Trump de invoertarieven op Europese auto’s niet verhogen. Maar de dreiging blijft voorlopig bestaan. Europa en met name Duitsland houdt gespannen de adem in.

Video

De impact van Trump op Europese autotarieven (Dutch)

Hoe waarschijnlijk is het dat de Amerikaanse president Trump de invoertarieven op Europese auto’s zal verhogen en wat zal daarvan de economische impact zijn? Maartje Wijffelaars en Erik-Jan van Harn daarover in deze video.

Special

Very dangerous European cars part II

Soon, President Trump will announce what to do with tariffs on EU cars. We think he will not hike tariffs just yet, but will keep the tariff threat alive. Within the EU, the German and Hungarian economy are most vulnerable to higher car tariffs in the US.

Economic Comment

Spanish elections: Día de la Marmota

Spain’s elections failed to solve the deadlock in parliament. Scraping a majority will be extremely difficult. The stalemate will not send the economy into crisis, but it prevents the economy and public finances from being prepared for one.

Economic Report

Spanish elections: take four!

Sunday’s elections in Spain are unlikely to break the deadlock in parliament. The economy will continue to grow relatively fast in the short term, but growth is slowing while unemployment is still high and public finances weak.

Economic Comment

Eurozone economy: A party without cake

The Eurozone economy grew with 0.2% in 19Q3. At first sight maybe little to cheer about, but given the trade tensions and ailing manufacturing sector, worth a minor celebration. Maybe more importantly, for now this is as good as it gets.

Economic Update

Spaanse economie begint het jaar sterk (Dutch)

De Spaanse economie begint het jaar sterk. Beleidsonzekerheid als gevolg van de verkiezingsuitslag van afgelopen zondag brengt de economie niet op haar knieën. Maar de vooruitzichten voor de langere termijn zijn wat minder gunstig.