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2006 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2006 Issue 2

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Twice a year, the OECD Economic Outlook analyses the major trends and examines the economic policies required to foster high and sustainable growth in member countries. Developments in major non-OECD economies are also evaluated. The present issue covers the outlook to end-2008. Together with a wide range of cross-country statistics, the Outlook provides a unique tool to keep abreast of world economic developments.

In addition to the themes featured regularly, this issue contains a special chapter entitled Has the rise in debt made households more vulnerable?, which addresses the following questions:

  • What factors explain the observed rise in household debt in many OECD countries?
  • Have asset price movements offset the impact on households’ financial positions?
  • Are some sectors or groups particularly vulnerable to adverse asset market or income developments?

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Growth peaked at the end of 2005 and is expected to level out over the projection period with annual GDP growth averaging 5¼ per cent over 2006-08. While export and investment growth are expected to remain strong and household consumption growth to increase, these will be accompanied by stronger import growth. Headline inflation will be pushed up, largely due to increases in excise duty and price deregulation.

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