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2014 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014 Issue 2

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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.

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Italy

After contracting during most of 2014, the economy is projected to return to growth by mid-2015 and accelerate somewhat further in 2016. ECB monetary policy support is expected to ease financial conditions and facilitate a resumption of bank lending, which should raise investment. The projected revival of Italy’s export market will also support stronger growth. The overall impact of fiscal policy will be small in 2015, as tax cuts will be offset by spending reductions. Unemployment will begin to decline in 2016, but is set to remain at high levels, while wage gains look set to remain modest.

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