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2012 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2012 Issue 1

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The OECD Economic Outlook is the OECD’s twice-yearly analysis of the major economic trends and prospects for the next two years. The Outlook puts forward a consistent set of projections for output, employment, prices, fiscal and current account balances.

Coverage is provided for all OECD member countries as well as for selected non-member countries. This issue includes a general assessment, chapters summarising developments and providing projections for each individual country, a chapter on medium and long-term scenarios for growth and imbalances, and a and a statistical annex.

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Netherlands

After a significant downturn, the economy should start recovering in the second half of 2012, mainly due to stronger world trade, which will feed into higher business investment. On the other hand, private consumption will remain depressed given sluggish growth in real incomes, reflecting higher unemployment and only modest real wage increases, as well as planned pension cuts and a depressed housing market. A further drag on growth comes from the planned fiscal consolidation. Overall, growth is set to remain below potential throughout 2012-13, and unemployment will rise further.

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