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Hans Timmer

Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

Hans Timmer is the Chief Economist of the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia region. Prior to this, he was Director of the Development Prospects Group at The World Bank.  He is a quantitative international macroeconomist and econometrician with 15 years of management experience leading teams of modelers, forecasters, and policy analysts. His experience ranges from long-term structural analyses of the economic impact of environmental policies, trade policies and tax reforms, to short-term monitoring of the business cycle and analysis of monetary and fiscal policies. Before joining the Bank in 1996, he was Manager of International Economic Analysis, among other positions, at the Central Planning Bureau of The Netherlands. He holds a Masters degree in econometrics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has also studied at the University of Lodz in Poland.