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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Growth is projected to pick up to 2¾ per cent by 2020. Low unemployment, strong remittances and the recovery of real wages will support household consumption. Investment, which has been persistently low, will strengthen on the back of announced public investment plans and increased confidence associated with the US‑Mexico‑Canada trade agreement. Export growth will decline owing to less favourable global conditions, especially in the United States. Inflation has been pushed up by rising energy prices, but expectations and core inflation remain anchored and within the central bank’s target band. Informality is declining slowly but remains elevated, contributing to persistently high inequalities and low productivity.

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