ECA Regional Updates


Each Regional Economic Update consists of two parts: an economic outlook, comprising two chapters, and country pages. In Part I, the first chapter describes the outlook for GDP growth, and then goes beyond GDP in a few important areas. The second chapter is more analytical and focuses on a special topic, which is highly relevant to the region. Part II of the Economic Update contains 26 two-page Macro Poverty Outlook reports for countries in the ECA region.




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    Migration and Brain Drain

    OCTOBER 2019 | For countries in Europe and Central Asia, policies on labor mobility can help mitigate demographic trends and support economic growth and poverty reduction.
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    Financial Inclusion

    APRIL 2019 | Inclusive financial sector development can play an important role in contributing to growth and reducing poverty by promoting people’s investment in their health, education, and businesses.
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    Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

    MAY 2018 | With growth in the region likely at its peak, this report addresses two major questions: How well is the region prepared for an expected slowdown? And how well has the economic upswing been used to adjust to the digital revolution?
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    Migration & Mobility

    OCTOBER 2017 | The report found that economic growth in the region was stronger than previously expected. At the same time, the region faces both opportunities and challenges with regard to new technologies, more flexible labor contracts, and migration.
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    Trade in Transition

    MAY 2017 | The report found that policies focused on improving trade in Europe and Central Asia are crucial for building on the modest growth.
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    Polarization and Populism

    NOVEMBER 2016 | While the Brexit vote and the refugee crisis are testing the European Union’s internal cohesion, continued vulnerabilities in European banking sectors are curbing the economic recovery.
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    The Impact of China on Europe and Central Asia

    APRIL 2016 | The report focused attention on the impact of China’s GDP slowdown and economic transformation, which opens up both challenges and long-term opportunities for economies of Europe and Central Asia.
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    Low Commodity Prices and Weak Currencies

    OCTOBER 2015 | Against the backdrop of a weakening global economy and volatility in international financial markets, countries of the Europe and Central Asia are transitioning to a new normal.




Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia
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Asli Demirgüç-Kunt became the Chief Economist for the Europe and Central Asia region on 1st February, 2019.

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