OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2016
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OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2016

It is seven years since the global crisis and despite easy monetary policy, financial regulatory reform, and G20 resolutions favouring structural measures, the world economy is not making a lot of progress. Indeed, the responses to the crisis seem mainly to have stopped the banks from failing and then pushed the many faces of the crisis around between regions—currently taking the form of excess capacity in emerging markets. Productivity growth raises income per head, allows companies to pay better wages and it raises demand to help to eliminate excess capacity and improve employment. However, this element is missing in the global corporate sector. The theme of this year’s Business and Finance Outlook is fragmentation: the inconsistent structures, policies, rules, laws and industry practices that appear to be blocking business efficiency and productivity growth.

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More than seven years have passed since the onset of the global crisis and the global economy has yet to recover its pre-crisis levels of growth. Two major headwinds pose serious challenges: the sluggishness of the growth of investment; and issues relating to the re-regulation of banks and non-performing loans which still persist in many regions. The implementation of structural reforms is paramount in dealing with these challenges and ultimately realigning the global policy and business environments.

 
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