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2008 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2008 Issue 2

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This December 2008 edition of the OECD Economic Outlook presents OECD's first set of economic analysis and projections since the financial crisis began. As always, it includes and overall assessment as well as individual country assessments for OECD and major non-OECD economies, and an extensive statistical annex.  This edition's special feature covers responses to inflation shocks.

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Euro Area

The euro area economy has slipped into recession this year, with tighter financial conditions, negative wealth effects, weaker housing market activity and greater uncertainty all reducing domestic demand. Growth is expected to remain below potential until the middle of 2010, before picking-up as the effects of monetary policy easing and the dissipation of stress in global financial markets emerge. Lower commodity prices and the emergence of a sizable negative output gap will dampen inflationary pressures, with headline inflation projected to fall to around 1½ per cent during 2009.

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