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Global Economic Prospects 2009: Commodities at the Crossroads

This report was produced under the guidance of Uri Dadush, and World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin. The core team of authors includes:

Andrew Burns
Andrew Burns is a Lead Economist with the Development Prospects Group. He is the main author of Global Economic Prospects, which this year examines the impact of the recent financial crisis on developing countries and long-term prospects for commodity markets. He has also been a principal contributor to past editions of the World Bank's Global Development Finance, managing the team responsible for forecasting the global economy.  Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Burns worked with the OECD where he was Head of Desk for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and France.  Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Burns worked with the Economic Council of Canada in Ottawa. He holds degrees from the University of Manitoba and McGill University in Canada.

Hans Timmer
Hans Timmer, a Dutch national, is Lead Economist and Manager of the Global Trends team in the Bank’s Development Prospects Group.  Under his management, the Global Trends Team is responsible for authoring the “Prospects for the Global Economy” chapter of this year's Global Economic Prospects. He is also responsible for short-term monitoring, medium-term forecasting and policy analysis and long-term scenario analysis of the global economy.

Before joining the Bank in May 2000, he was head of international economic analysis at Central Planning Bureau (CPB) for ten years. In this role, he supervised the development of two world models: a long-term model of the world economy, and an econometric medium-term model of OECD economies. He has had vast experience working with the European Commission, IPCC and the OECD, as well as with the Indian Planning Commission and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has participated in international modeling groups like LINK and GTAP.

Mr. Timmer studied Econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been a researcher at the University of Lodz in Poland and at the Netherlands Economic Institute.

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