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2018 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2018 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, a special chapter on the implications for public policy of the decoupling of wages from productivity and a chapter summarising developments and providing projections for each individual country.

The Statistical Annex is available on-line only at https://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eco_outlook-v22018-2-en

 

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Economic growth is set to moderate, to just above 1½ per cent in 2020. Accommodative monetary policy and some fiscal easing will support domestic demand, in particular private consumption, and employment. Investment will remain reasonably strong, reflecting continued favourable financing conditions and a need to expand capacity. Inflation is projected to rise gradually, as stronger wage growth and dissipating slack translate into sustained increases in core inflation.

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