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Germany's Economy Has Already Lost About $38 Billion to One-Offs

13.03.2019

Estimation of costs of WLTP and low water for industrial production

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(...) Temporary factors cost the German economy about 34 billion euros ($38 billion) in the second half of 2018, when it tipped dangerously close to a recession.

A simulation by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy looked at the state of industry while stripping out the effects from one-offs that dented growth. Without those, the economy could have expanded by about 0.5 percentage point more in each of the final two quarters of last year.

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