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German Economy: A Recession Is Not Automatically a Crisis: DIW Economic Outlook


  • Claus Michelsen
  • Marius Clemens
  • Max Hanisch
  • Simon Junker
  • Konstantin Kholodilin
  • Thore Schlaak


The slowdown in the global economy and the uncertainties caused by Brexit have affected the export-oriented German economy, which is expected to grow by only 0.5 percent this year. However, the German economy has not slid into a crisis due to marked fiscal policy stimuli and favorable developments on the labor market. Private consumption remains a mainstay of the economy; in addition, there is moderate inflation, which will barely dampen purchasing power over the next two years. Together with slightly stronger foreign demand, these factors will ensure that the German economy recovers somewhat over next year and the year thereafter. The economy is likely to grow by 1.4 percent in 2020 and 2021 as long as the serious political risks do not materialize. A no-deal Brexit, for example, would reduce growth in Germany by 0.4 percent in 2020.

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  • Claus Michelsen & Marius Clemens & Max Hanisch & Simon Junker & Konstantin Kholodilin & Thore Schlaak, 2019. "German Economy: A Recession Is Not Automatically a Crisis: DIW Economic Outlook," DIW Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 9(37), pages 330-333.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwdwr:dwr9-37-3

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    Business cycle forecast; economic outlook;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E66 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General Outlook and Conditions
    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook


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