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2006 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2006 Issue 2

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Twice a year, the OECD Economic Outlook analyses the major trends and examines the economic policies required to foster high and sustainable growth in member countries. Developments in major non-OECD economies are also evaluated. The present issue covers the outlook to end-2008. Together with a wide range of cross-country statistics, the Outlook provides a unique tool to keep abreast of world economic developments.

In addition to the themes featured regularly, this issue contains a special chapter entitled Has the rise in debt made households more vulnerable?, which addresses the following questions:

  • What factors explain the observed rise in household debt in many OECD countries?
  • Have asset price movements offset the impact on households’ financial positions?
  • Are some sectors or groups particularly vulnerable to adverse asset market or income developments?

Anglais Français, Allemand

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France

Economic activity picked up in the second quarter but stalled in the third. It is likely to recover and continue growing slightly faster than potential over the forecast period; the output gap should gradually shrink. Sustained by firmer activity, employment growth should gain strength, and the fall in unemployment should continue, albeit at a slower pace than in 2006. Wage growth is likely to accelerate slightly and inflation to increase, while remaining moderate.

Anglais Français

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