Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

Director of Research, Development Research Group
Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues. She is the lead author of World Bank Policy Research Report 2007, Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access. She has also created the World Bank’s Global Financial Development Report and directed the issues on Rethinking the Role of the State in Finance (2013), and Financial Inclusion (2014).
The author of over 100 publications, Ms. Demirgüç-Kunt has published widely in academic journals. Her research has focused on the links between financial development and firm performance and economic development. Banking crises, financial regulation, access to financial services including SME finance are among her areas of research. Prior to coming to the Bank, she was an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the Ohio State University.


Tel : +1 202 473 7479
February 22, 2016
Policy Research Talk: Exploring the Second Strand of Behavioral Economics
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June 2, 2016
51st Banking Convention of the Colombian Banking Association (Asobancaria), "Achievements and Challenges of Financial Inclusion: Learnings for Developing Countries"
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  • Financial Sector
  • Private Sector Development
  • Jobs and Poverty

Global Financial Development Report 2014