Economic outlook, analysis and forecasts

Interim Economic Outlook

Just released: the OECD Interim Economic Outlook

The expansion may now have peaked. Global growth is projected to settle at 3.7% in 2018 and 2019, marginally below pre-crisis norms, with downside risks intensifying. Growth has become less broad-based, with prospects diverging across the major economies, especially among the emerging-market economies.

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Policy Challenges

> ‌Policy challenges from closer international trade and financial integration: Dealing with economic shocks and spillovers

Global economic integration has been a powerful driver of increased economic efficiency and improved living standards around the world, and has contributed to sizeable economic gains in emerging market economies (EMEs).


Resilience in a time of high debt

Indebtedness of households and non-financial corporations in many advanced and emerging market economies is high. In many countries, it is continuing to rise. Highly indebted countries may be vulnerable to financial and real shocks, and such indebtedness may undermine the sustainability of growth in the medium term.


> How to make trade work for all

International trade has been a powerful engine of global economic growth and convergence in living standards between countries. Trade liberalisation has contributed to large economic gains of emerging market economies and to poverty decline. 

Fiscal Levers

Using the fiscal levers to escape the low-growth trap

In the context where public debt has reached high levels in most OECD countries, it is important to assess the extent of countries' fiscal space and the temporary deficit increase they can afford to run.  A rethink is needed for how the fiscal policy stance should be evaluated, particularly in the context where very low sovereign interest rates provide more fiscal space. 

Policy papers

Economic consequences of Brexit

The Economic Consequences of Brexit: A Taxing Decision

Membership of the European Union has contributed to the economic prosperity of the United Kingdom. Uncertainty about the outcome of the referendum has already started to weaken growth in the United Kingdom. 

Finance and inclusive growth

Finance and inclusive growth: How to restore a healthy financial sector that supports long-lasting, inclusive growth?

Finance is a vital ingredient for economic growth, but there can also be too much of it. This study investigates what fifty years of data for OECD countries have to say about the role of the financial sector for economic growth and income inequality and draws policy implications.

Why is world trade so weak?

Cardiac arrest or dizzy spell: Why is world trade so weak, what can policy do about it?

World trade growth was rapid in the two decades prior to the global financial crisis but has halved subsequently. There are both structural and cyclical reasons for the slowdown. 

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