RaboResearch - Economisch Onderzoek


Country Report Malaysia (Engelstalig)

The 2013 elections kept the ruling BN coalition in charge of Malaysia, but losing the popular vote gave the coalition a wakeup call. The outlook for economic growth is stable, although the high household debt poses a medium term risk


Country Report Bermuda (Engelstalig)

Bermuda’s economic performance has been weak in recent years, as the global economic slowdown had a negative impact on the important (re)insurance and tourism sectors.


Country Report Costa Rica (Engelstalig)

Although Costa Rica’s economic performance is still good, the deterioration of public finances and the inability of the government to implement consolidation measures are reason for concern.


Country Report Chile (Engelstalig)

In March 2014, Michelle Bachelet will become Chile’s next president. She has an ambitious reform agenda and aims to reform the tax and education system. Despite a slowdown in late 2013, the growth outlook remains relatively good.


Country Report Lebanon (Engelstalig)

Economic growth was weak at 1.3% in 2013, as violence in Syria spilled over into Lebanon. While a political impasse keeps reforms on hold, the Central Bank’s stimulus package might help improve performance in 2014.


Country Report Jordan (Engelstalig)

Economic growth is expected to remain subdued at around 3.5-4% in 2014. The budget balance is expected to improve slightly in 2014, but public finances remain too dependent on foreign aid. Meanwhile, Jordan’s position on the conflict in Syria remains uncertain.


Van zieke man naar grote monsieur

Terwijl de wereldeconomie –ook die van Europa– aarzelend uit het dal klimt, blijft Frankrijk achter. De Franse economische groei zal dit jaar naar verwachting maar de helft zijn van die van Duitsland.


Country Report Uruguay (Engelstalig)

With general elections scheduled in October, 2014 will be an important election year for Uruguay. Meanwhile, several important investment projects have become controversial.


Van groeipolitiek naar inkomenspolitiek

Inclusieve groei, dus groei die houdbaar is en ervoor zorgt dat ook de gemiddelde man in de straat er wat aan heeft, wordt steeds belangrijker. En dat vereist wellicht meer mondiale inkomenspolitiek dan groeipolitiek.

Economisch commentaar Engelstalige versie

2014, het jaar van Brazilië?

Dit jaar organiseert Brazilië het WK. Het Zuid-Amerikaanse land wordt alom gezien als een voorname kanshebber voor het winnen van de wereldtitel. Voor ons is dit aanleiding om de economie van Brazilië uitgebreid onder de loep te nemen.


How to tackle the ‘Custo Brasil’ (Engelstalig)

Due to the so-called “Custo Brasil” Brazil is a relatively expensive place to do business. Three important growth bottlenecks are primarily responsible for this Custo Brasil: the tax system and red tape, lack of good infrastructure and human capital constraints.


Democracy, Brazilian style (Engelstalig)

Brazil’s political system generally makes it difficult and time-consuming to implement far-reaching reforms. Furthermore, the system seems to be affected by a lot of patronage and corrupt practices. In this report we explain why this is the case.


Brazil’s social challenges (Engelstalig)

In the past decade, Brazil has managed to substantially bring down its traditionally high levels of inequality and poverty. However, inequality is still high and relatively weak public services result in institutional inequality.