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Ali Batuhan Barlas
Ali Batuhan Barlas
Senior Economist
Istanbul

Batuhan Barlas works as an Economist at Garanti BBVA since September 2016. His main responsibilities include development and management of macro-econometric models, generating macro-financial forecasts and macroeconomic analysis of Turkey in general.

He received his BA degree in Economics from Bogazici University, Istanbul. He continued his graduate studies in Economics at Bogazici University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Prior to joining Garanti Research, he worked as a Research Assistant at Bogazici University and Risk Management Specialist at Fibabanka.

Latest publications

Industrial Production grew by 66% YoY in cal. adj. terms in April, boosted by base effects. Despite the 0.9% MoM contraction, the slow down isn't clear, given strong momentum so far and upward revisions in global growth reinforce upside risks for our prudent 2021 GDP growth forecast of 5%.
Turkish economy grew by 7.0% in yearly terms in 1Q21 and 1.7% in quarterly terms implying no moderation compared to 4Q20. Current strong momentum, ongoing credit growth and positive global outlook put upside risks on our prudent 2021 growth forecast of 5%.
Industrial Production grew by 16.6% yoy in cal. adj. terms in March, implying 19.9% yoy growth in unadjusted series (11.2% 1Q21 vs. 10.2% in 4Q20). The strong momentum so far, favorable base effects and upward revisions in the global growth outlook reinforces upsides risks on our current 2021 GDP growth forecast of 5%.