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Slowdown in Emerging Markets: Rough Patch or Prolonged Weakness?

Tatiana Didier (), Ayhan Kose, Franziska Ohnsorge and Lei Sandy Ye ()
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Tatiana Didier: World Bank, Operations and Strategy Group
Lei Sandy Ye: World Bank, Development Prospects Group

Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers from Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum

Abstract: Emerging markets (EM) face their fifth consecutive year of slowing growth and a possibly longer period of sluggish performance than previously thought. This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the nature of and the appropriate policy responses to the growth slowdown in EM. It reports three main results. First, the slowdown is synchronous and protracted, affecting a sizable number of EM, especially large ones. Second, it has been driven by both external factors, including weak world trade, low commodity prices, and tightening financial conditions; and domestic factors, including slowdown in productivity growth, bouts of policy uncertainty, and an erosion of policy buffers. Both structural and cyclical factors have contributed to the slowdown. Third, the room for accommodative cyclical fiscal and monetary policies is limited in many EM, lending urgency to putting in place structural reforms to upgrade governance structures, improve business environments, raise human and physical capital, and manage demographic pressures.

Keywords: emerging markets; growth slowdown; policy space; monetary policy; fiscal policy; structural reforms. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E60 F6 F43 O4 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 66 pages
Date: 2015-12
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