Hans Timmer is the World Bank's Chief Economist for South Asia. Before that, he was the Chief Economist for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank. Prior to these positions, Hans was Director of the World Bank's Development Prospects Group. A quantitative international macroeconomist and econometrician his experience ranges from long-term structural analyses of the economic impact of environmental policies, trade policies, and tax reforms, to short-term monitoring of the business cycle and analysis of monetary and fiscal policies. Before joining the World Bank, Hans was head of international economic analysis at the Central Planning Bureau in the Netherlands. He has vast experience working with the European Commission, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as with the Indian Planning Commission and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.