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Thorsten Beck is Professor of Economics and Chairman of the European Banking Center. Before joining Tilburg University and the CentER, he worked at the Development Research Group of the World Bank.

His research and policy work has focused on two main questions: What is the effect of financial sector development on economic growth and poverty alleviation? What are the determinants of a sound and effective financial sector? Recently, his research has focused on access to financial services by small and medium-sized enterprises and households. He is co-author of "Making Finance Work for Africa" and "Finance for All? Policies and Pitfalls in Expanding Access." His country experience in both research and policy work includes Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Russia and several sub-Saharan African countries.  

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Access to Finance

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SME Finance

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Financial Safety Net

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Finance and Growth

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Finance and International Trade

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Law and Finance

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Market Structure in Banking

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Country and Regional Studies and Others

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Education

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Virginia, 1999

Diplom in Economics (equivalent to M.A.), Universität Tübingen, Germany, 1995

Exchange student, Universidad de Costa Rica, 1992

Exchange student, University of Kansas, 1991

 

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Career

World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Senior Economist (since July 2003), Development Research Group (2001 - 2008)

Young Professional, 2nd assignment in the Finance Unit, Africa Region (2000/2001)

Young Professional, 1st assignment in the Financial Sector Strategy and Policy Group (1999/2000)

Consultant in the Development Research Group, Finance Team (1997-99)

Publications

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Other activities

  • Adviser - FMO Advisory Evaluation Panel, The Hague, 01-01-2013 - 31-12-2013
  • Adviser - European Fund for Southeast Europe, Luxembourg, 01-01-2012 - 29-02-2012
  • Teaching -  Duisenberg School of Finance, Amsterdam, 08-09-2011 - 20-10-2011
  • Adviser - IMF, Washington D.C., 16-05-2011 - 31-10-2011
  • Research fellowship - Hong Kong Monetary Authority,  09-07-2011 - 06-08-2011
  • Member of Supervisory Board - Hiil, The Hague, 01-01-2010 - 01-12-2012
  • Committee member, ATF PBGI - IFC, Washington D.C., 17-07-2008 - present
  • Member of Knowledge Platform - Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, 17-11-2009 - present

Contact details
Room K 525
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
Phone+31 13 466 2416
Fax +31 13 466 3042
Email t.beck@tilburguniversity.edu

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Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

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