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2010 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2010 Issue 2

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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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Japan

Japan has responded to slowing growth with two fiscal packages in late 2010, which will support activity in 2011, with annual growth projected to reach 1¾ per cent. As the impact of the fiscal stimulus fades, stronger private domestic demand, underpinned by improving labour market conditions and high corporate profitability, will support the expansion through 2012. Nevertheless, deflation is projected to continue, with unemployment remaining above its pre-crisis level.

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