OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2010 Issue 2
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OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2010 Issue 2

The OECD Economic Outlook analyses the current economic situation and examines the economic policies required to foster a sustained recovery in member countries. This issue covers the outlook to end-2012 for both OECD countries and selected non-OECD economies. Together with a wide range of cross-country statistics, the Outlook provides a unique resource to keep abreast of world economic developments.

In addition to the themes featured regularly, this issue contains a special chapter entitled "Fiscal consolidation: Requirements, timing, instruments and institutional arrangements. It addresses the following questions: How much budget consolidation is required in individual OECD countries to stabilise the ratio of government debt to GDP and what are the requirements to bring gross debt ratios to 60% of GDP? What factors should determine the appropriate speed of consolidation? What instruments should be employed for consolidation and what kind of public spending should be cut and what kind of taxes should be raised? What fiscal rules and institutions are most likely to foster consolidation?

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Publication Date :
07 Dec 2010
DOI :
10.1787/eco_outlook-v2010-2-en
 
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7–9
DOI :
10.1787/eco_outlook-v2010-2-2-en

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The global recovery has been underway for some time now, although unemployment remains persistently high in many countries. Growth has been much stronger in emerging market economies, but remains weak and uneven in much of the OECD, and has faltered recently. As financial markets continue to normalise, and households and firms reduce their indebtedness, growth is projected to gradually strengthen in the OECD area in 2011-12. Against such background, the challenge will be to guide the transition from a policy-driven recovery to self-sustained growth. As stimulus is withdrawn, policy will have to provide a credible medium-term framework, including for the financial sector, to stabilise expectations and strengthen confidence. To this effect, international collaboration, notably within the G20 process, will be essential.
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