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Sluggish Economic Activity in Industrial Countries: Government Debt and Unemployment Remain High

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  • Stefan Ederer

    (WIFO)

  • Markus Marterbauer

    (WIFO)

  • Stephan Schulmeister

    (WIFO)

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Since autumn 2009, the world economy has been recovering from the deep recession thanks to the strong stimulus of expansionary fiscal and monetary policies. This year it will grow by 4 percent in real terms (2009: –1 percent). However, the pace of the recovery differs substantially between regions and countries. In Asia foreign trade and industrial production already exceed the pre-crisis level by a noticeable margin. The Latin American emerging economies, too, are growing fast due to strong global demand for commodities. In the USA a vibrant economic recovery is under way owing to an expansionary economic policy and the rebuilding of inventories. However, economic activity in these regions has weakened since the beginning of 2010.

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  • Stefan Ederer & Markus Marterbauer & Stephan Schulmeister, 2010. "Sluggish Economic Activity in Industrial Countries: Government Debt and Unemployment Remain High," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 83(11), pages 873-886, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:monber:y:2010:i:11:p:873-886
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