Economic Outlook

Slower growth in the World Economy


  • Gern
  • K.-J.
  • Hauber
  • P.
  • Kooths
  • S.
  • Meuchelböck
  • S.
  • Stolzenburg
  • U.
Publication Date

World economic growth is moderating accompanied by a broad-based deterioration in economic sentiment. Following a temporary pick up in the second quarter, global activity slowed down significantly in the third quarter and sentiment indicators point towards a further deceleration towards the end of the year. Increased uncertainty from global trade conflicts and the tightening of monetary policy in the US that has put emerging economies under pressure have likely contributed to this development. We expect the global economy to expand at a rate of 3.7 percent this year, followed by 3.4 next year. This is a slight downward revision for 2018 and 2019 by 0.1 percentage points compared to our September forecast. For 2020, we continue to expect world production to increase by 3.4 percent. The escalation of trade conflicts, the possibility of a “hard Brexit”, doubts about the sustainability of Italian public debt, and a delay of reforms in France pose downside risks to our outlook.


Key Words

  • advanced economies
  • emerging economies
  • fiscal policy
  • global outlook
  • monetary policy
  • trade conflict