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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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Japan

Economic growth is projected to remain around 1% in 2018-19, as record-high corporate profits and labour shortages drive business investment. In addition, stronger wage gains will support a pick-up in private consumption in 2019. Although the October 2019 consumption tax hike will temporarily reduce demand, growth is projected to resume in early 2020, buoyed by additional government spending and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Sustained growth, combined with higher oil prices, is expected to boost inflation to 1½ per cent (excluding the impact of the consumption tax hike) in 2020.

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