Low oil prices and monetary easing are boosting growth in the world’s major economies, but the near-term pace of expansion remains modest, with abnormally low inflation and interest rates pointing to risks of financial instability, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.
Strong domestic demand is driving growth in the United States, which, combined with dollar appreciation, is adding to demand in the rest of the world. The euro area should benefit from low oil prices, monetary stimulus and euro depreciation, which combine to offer the chance to escape from stagnation.
The OECD projects that the US will grow by 3.1% this year and by 3% in 2016, while the UK is projected to grow at 2.6% in 2015 and 2.5 per cent in 2016. Canadian growth is projected at 2.2% this year and 2.1% in 2016, while Japan is projected to grow by 1% in 2015 and 1.4% in 2016.
The Eurozone is projected to grow at a 1.4% rate in 2015 and a 2% pace in 2016. Growth prospects differ widely among the major euro area economies. Germany is forecast to grow by 1.7% in 2015 and 2.2% in 2016, France by 1.1% in 2015 and 1.7% in 2016, while Italy will see a 0.6% growth rate in 2015 and 1.3% in 2016.
The Paris based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is a think-tank for 34 mainly developed countries. OECD member countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Commission takes part in the work of the OECD.
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