Seda Guler Mert
Seda Guler Mert
Chief Economist

Seda Guler Mert is the Chief Economist of Turkey at BBVA Research. She leads a team of economists having expertise on the macroeconomic analysis of the Turkish Economy, specific issues on the Turkish financial system, political and geopolitical analysis of the country, and quantitative analysis and economic modeling. The team conducts a new line of research on Big Data and Applied Economic Analysis in order to improve macroeconomic forecasting and real-time analysis of the economy in high definition.

She made a major degree in Economics and a minor degree in Mathematics at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. She also made her Master’s degree in Financial Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul. She has taken different courses and received certificates on “Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting”, “Macroeconomic Challenges of Global Imbalances” and “Financial Programming and Policies” from IIF, LSE, and IMF, respectively.

Latest publications

Industrial Production continued to surprise on the upside and grew 10.8% y/y in calendar adjusted terms in April. If no substantial negative shock occurs, given the current pace, it becomes more likely to achieve a full year growth rate close to 5%.
Consumer prices increased by 2.98% in May, much lower than market consensus (4%), which resulted in an annual figure of 73.5%. We expect consumer inflation to accelerate above 80% in the coming months before slowing down to near 60% given positive base effects in the last two months of the year.
Turkish economy grew by 7.3% y/y in 1Q22 parallel to market expectation (7.2%). Given recent high momentum in activity and clear commitment of authorities to maintain loose policies, risks become tilted significantly to the upside on our prudent 2022 GDP growth forecast of 2.5%.