Office of the Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia



The Chief Economist’s Office of the Europe and Central Asia region is committed to pushing beyond established frontiers of development knowledge to bring policy relevant strategies to client countries to support broad-based growth, jobs, and poverty reduction.

We provide ongoing support to our clients though in-country consultations, on-demand technical analysis, in-depth topical flagship reports, and regional economic updates.


Recent Flagship Publications

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Golden Aging: Prospects for Healthy, Active, and Prosperous Aging in Europe and Central Asia

The Europe and Central Asia region has among the oldest populations in the world. Europe, in particular, is approaching the end of a demographic transition toward population stabilization, and Central Asia, although still younger, is following quickly.

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Shared Prosperity: Paving the Way in Europe and Central Asia

In low-income and middle-income countries the world over, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half in two decades, from 43 percent in 1990 to 21 percent in 2010. At the same time, increased income levels have enabled millions of people to join the middle class.

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Diversified Development: Making the Most of Natural Resources in Eurasia

Eurasia is one of the most natural resource-rich regions in the world, with 31 percent of its proven natural gas reserves, 17 percent of oil reserves, 23 percent of iron ore, 14 percent of gold, and 7 percent of copper.


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Hans Timmer

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