Asli Demirgüç-Kunt

Director of Research, Development Research Group

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research at 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 the World Bank Policy Research Report 2007 Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access and has also created the World Bank’s Global Financial Development Report.

The author of over 100 publications, she 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, and inclusion including SME finance are among her areas of research. She has been the President of International Atlantic Economic Society (2013-14) and Director of Western Economic Association (2015-18). 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
January 5, 2019
American Finance Association 2019 Annual Meeting | Panel Session: Making the World a Better Place: Innovations in Financial Inclusion, Literacy, and Development | Atlanta, Georgia
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January 22, 2019
Policy Research Talk | Inequality as Cholesterol: Attempting to Quantify Inequality of Opportunity
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May 9 - 10, 2019
Irish Economic Association 2019 Meeting | Keynote | University College Cork, Ireland

  • Financial Sector
  • Private Sector Development
  • Jobs and Poverty