Ulrich Bartsch is the senior country economist in the World Bank’s New Delhi office, where he is in charge of macroeconomic analysis and dialogue. He directs a small team producing the Bank’s semi-annual India Economic Updates, which analyze and forecast macroeconomic developments and policies, and provide insights into medium-term development policy issues in the broad area of expertise of the World Bank. He also provides economic analysis and expertise to the Bank’s large India lending portfolio. Mr. Bartsch joined the World Bank in New Delhi in June 2009
Before joining the Bank, Mr. Bartsch held several positions in the IMF in Washington, DC, most recently as Senior Economist on the Pakistan desk in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department. As part of the Pakistan country team, Mr. Bartsch worked on the 2008 IMF Stand-by Arrangement designed to lead Pakistan out of a deep balance of payments crisis. He also took part in the design and monitoring of an economic program for Nigeria, which culminated in the granting of the second largest ever debt cancellation granted by the Paris Club creditors. In the Nigeria team, Mr. Bartsch took particular interest in Nigeria’s oil revenue management, and helped the government to become one of the first members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Mr. Bartsch came to the Fund after three years of research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in Oxford, UK. He published several studies on oil and gas economics, including a book about the long-term outlook for fossil fuel prices under different scenarios for the implementation of climate change abatement policies. Mr. Bartsch holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.