Thierry Belt is a researcher in SEO’s Global Economics practice. At SEO, he specialises in applied macroeconomics, international trade, and evaluation research of economic policy and development programmes.
Recurring themes are financial inclusion, food security and sustainable entrepreneurship in low-income countries. He is also involved in other international issues related to migration, international trade and cross-border tax systems. Recently, Thierry has contributed as an ex-post evaluator or ex-ante adviser to several programmes of the World Bank, the IMF, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several regional development banks and NGOs.
Due to his studies and work at SEO, Thierry has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative research skills. This includes survey methods (programming and distribution of surveys as well as the subsequent data analysis), input-output modelling, social cost-benefit analyses, interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs) and literature studies. Thierry is also frequently involved with SEO’s Finance, Regulation and Governance cluster and therefore has affinity with the financial sector as well.
Thierry holds a master’s in both “International Economics” and “Business Economics” from the University of Amsterdam. During his graduation phases, he has examined both the effects of globalisation on within-country income inequality and the link between corporate social responsibility and firm performance. In addition, he has experience with conducting qualitative research in developing countries.
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