This report was produced by staff from the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group. The report was managed by Andrew Burns, with direction from Hans Timmer. The principal authors of the report were Andrew Burns, William Shaw, and Theo Janse van Rensburg. The report was produced under the general guidance of Justin Yifu Lin.
Director, Development Prospects Group
Hans Timmer is Director of the World Bank's Development Prospects Group. Under his management, the Group produces the World Bank’s annual publications Global Economic Prospects (GEP), Global Development Finance (GDF), and Global Monitoring Report (GMR), in addition to a wide range of monitoring and forecasting publications. The Prospects Group is responsible for the global macro-economic forecasts of the World Bank and focuses on cross-border flows to developing countries, from trade and financial flows to remittances and migration. With long-term scenario analysis structural issues like trade agreements, climate change policies, migration, global income distribution, and policies aimed at meeting the Millennium Development Goals are being analyzed. Before joining the Bank, Timmer was head of international economic analysis at Central Planning Bureau (CPB). 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. He holds a masters degree in econometrics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He has been a researcher at the University of Lodz in Poland and at the Netherlands Economic Institute.
Manager, Development Prospects Group
Andrew Burns is Manager of the Global Macroeconomic Trends Team of the Development Prospects Group at the World Bank. He is also a lead author and task manager of Global Economic Prospects, the Bank's annual report that examines trends in the global economy and how they affect developing countries. Before joining the World Bank, Burns was Head of Desk for Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and France at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where he supervised and wrote the OECD's Economic Surveys for these countries. He also played a lead role in the OECD's Jobs Study, overseeing the evaluation of labor market policies in each of the organization's 30 member countries. Prior to joining the OECD, Burns worked at the Economic Council of Canada where he wrote on labor market and macroeconomic issues. Burns holds degrees from the University of Manitoba and McGill University in Canada.