Office of the Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia



The Office of the Chief Economist provides guidance on strategic priorities and the technical quality of economic analysis in the Europe and Central Asia region. This mission is accomplished through an analytical program that challenges conventional wisdom, takes on new, topical and controversial issues, and provides cross-sectoral and region-wide analysis, and serving as principal regional spokesperson inside and outside the Bank on strategic and economic issues facing the region.




Publications
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    REGIONAL UPDATES

    The Office of the Chief Economist publishes a Regional Economic Update every year in both spring and autumn. Each update includes an outlook for economic growth and analysis of a special topic important to the region.
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    REGIONAL FLAGSHIP REPORTS

    Regional flagship reports analyze trends and key issues in the region and are targeted to a broad audience.
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    WORKING PAPERS

    Working papers share researchers’ findings from work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues.

ECA CHIEF ECONOMIST EVENTS
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    ECA TALKS

    ECA talks showcase policy and research papers relevant for the region. These events facilitate a dialogue between researchers and practitioners on issues of policy interest.
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    ECA LECTURE SERIES

    This Lecture Series brings distinguished academics, policymakers and other experts to the Bank to discuss issues relevant for the region, aims to bring cutting edge research and thinking to challenge and contribute to the Bank’s intellectual climate.
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    ECA ACADEMY

    The ECA Academy is organized annually by the Office of the ECA Chief Economist. The ECA Academy competition identifies the best new policy-relevant research from across the World Bank Group on topics of interest to the ECA region. The papers are evaluated based on technical quality, originality, and operational relevance.


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.

ECA CHIEF ECONOMIST EVENTS