ECA Lecture Series

The ECA Lectures are monthly events chaired by Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia. The series brings distinguished academics, policymakers and other experts to the Bank to discuss issues relevant for the Europe and Central Asia region. The series aims to bring cutting edge research and thinking to challenge and contribute to the Bank’s intellectual climate, and reexamine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practices.


Gender Inequality in Europe and Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
The Europe and Central Asia region has a complex landscape with regard to gender equality. How can the narrative on the relationship between gender gaps and the region’s development be elevated? What are some of the trade-offs that should be considered in policy and regulatory reforms? March 2020


Can Foreign Direct Investment Facilitate Green Transition?
What is the impact of foreign acquisitions on plant-level energy intensity? Do foreign divestments reverse these effects? Is the effect of FDI inflows visible at the industry level? Why is there relatively little green investment in local firms in the ECA region? October 2019


Globalization: The Future of Trade and Value Chains
Global value chains are being reshaped by rising demand and new industry capabilities in the developing world as well as a wave of new technologies. Globalization is in the midst of a transformation. Yet the public debate about trade is often about recapturing the past rather than looking toward the future. July 2019


Corporate Debt: Lessons from Europe for Asia
The extensive rise in corporate leverage in Europe during the 2000s led to sluggish recovery aftermath of the 2008 crisis. As the corporate debt is on the rise in Asian countries, there are important lessons from Europe in terms of the detrimental effects of high corporate leverage. March 2019

Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia
Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Chief Economist for the Europe and Central Asia region.


Contact Information
Suzette Dahlia Samms-Lindsay
Executive Assistant
Tel : (202) 473-0750