KBC appoints new chief economist

Brussels-headquartered financial group KBC has recently appointed Jan Van Hove as new chief economist.

Succeeding Edwin De Boeck, who departed the company on 1 May, he will take up his new duties on 1 September 2016.

Jan Van Hove is currently a professor of international economic sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and visiting professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles(ULB),

As KBC group’s new chief economist, he will advise the team of economists in Brussels and streamline the international group-wide collaboration of KBC’s economists.

He will pursue his tenure at the KU Leuven where his research focuses on international trade and European integration.

Van Hove specialises in macroeconomic analyses, the analysis of manufacturing and product heterogeneity in international trade, the impact of trade agreements, the interaction of trade and technological innovation, and the impact of globalisation on European trade dynamics.

Other research interests include real estate economics, economic geography and global European policy.

Van Hove also advises EU and other international institutions on issues relating to international economics.

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