World Overview

| Publication date: 4 May 2018 | Theme: Macroeconomics | NIESR Author(s): BNaisbitt; HantzscheA; LennardJ; CLenoel; Liadze, I; MLopresto; Rebecca Piggott; CThamotheram | Journal: National Institute Economic Review Issue 244 | Publisher: Sage Publications, London
  • Last year the global economy expanded at its fastest pace since 2011. We continue to expect to see slightly faster global growth this year with momentum being carried forward. We expect growth to continue to be broadly based.
  • With some advanced economies appearing to be operating at close to full capacity, a slowdown in the pace of expansion in the medium term is likely unless productivity growth picks up substantially. We retain our view that the medium term outlook is for growth of around 3.5 per cent a year.
  • No economic outlook is without uncertainties. Issues such as increases in tariffs, the effect of the gradual removal of monetary accommodation and the prolonged persistence of low inflation, create potential for surprises to the forecast.

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