Michiel Bijlsma joined Bruegel as a visiting fellow in January 2012. Michiel is program leader financial markets at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB). He has a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht, and is an extramural fellow at Tilec, University of Tilburg. His work at Bruegel focuses on the added value of the financial sector and structural differences between the financial sector in Europe and in the United States.
Michiel’s research is in the areas of Corporate Governance, Banking, and Health Care markets. He has co-authored popular Dutch books on the 2007-2008 financial crisis and the current European debt crisis. Prior to his work for CPB, Michiel has worked as a senior economist at the Netherlands Competition Authority on high-profile cases on fee structures of debit card payment systems and as a consultant for international firms at Ernst & Young risk management.