María Abascal
María Abascal
Lead Economist

María Abascal is from June 2010 Chief Economist for Regulation and Public Policy in BBVA Research.  She has over 10 year experience in dealing with economic, financial and regulatory issues both in the private and the public sector.

In 2005 she became civil servant by joining the body Técnicos Comerciales y Economistas del Estado, a very senior group of Economists of the State. In 2009 she was appointed Deputy Director for Strategic and Financial Analysis in the Directorate General of the Treasury and Financial Policy, attached to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Finance, she exercised its responsibilities until June 2010. Between 2006 and 2009 she occupied different positions within the Spanish Treasury. She has been Senior Advisor for the Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX ) between 2005 and 2006.

BA in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid (1997 and 2000). She has been professor in the Masters in Financial Markets at Icade during 207 and 2008.

Since 2013, she belongs to the faculty teaching in the IEB Executive Masters in Management of Financial Entities. She is author of many economic articles in specialized journals.

Latest publications

The main sources of uncertainty that have hung over Europe in recent times, such as Brexit or the wave of populism and anti-European parties, are starting to disappear, or at least have moderated. Moreover, the economic outlook has improved and we are seeing an acceleration of the economy.
Trump’s arrival has meant a change of tone in the discourse around financial regulation. The severe restrictions imposed by Obama on the banking sector in response to the profound international financial crisis are now a thing of the past.
Following the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon in March, the United Kingdom's exit process has formally begun. However, there is still significant uncertainty. It is not clear, for example, whether or not the UK can reach a new trade agreement in the coming years, or if there will be a period of transition.