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World Economy Autumn 2019 - World economy picks up only slowly

Klaus-Jürgen Gern, Stefan Kooths, Saskia Mösle and Ulrich Stolzenburg

No 57, Kiel Institute Economic Outlook from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Abstract: Global economic activity has remained sluggish in the first half of 2019 and will gather momentum only slowly. While economic activity in industrial countries decelerated in the course of the year, growth in emerging economies picked up slightly from a low base. Global industrial production is especially weak, and world trade has even been declining since the start of the year. World output is forecast to rise by only 3.1 percent in 2019, after 3.7 percent in 2018. Trade conflicts triggered by the US and uncertainties around the economic repercussions of policies pursued by populist governments in a number of emerging economies are clouding the outlook. In addition, the timing and modalities of Brexit remain unclear. Against this backdrop, world economic growth is projected to remain modest in 2020 at 3.2 percent. Thus we have revised downwards our forecasts for both this year and next by 0.1 percentage point compared with our June report. Supported by a more expansive monetary policy and under the assumption that international economic policy tensions will not escalate, we expect a more pronounced strengthening of world economic activity in 2021. However, growth will remain moderate by historical standards at 3.4 percent.

Keywords: advanced economies; emerging economies; monetary policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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