High household debt: a challenge for medium-term growth?

By Filippo Gori and Théodore Renault, OECD Economics Department The global economy is now growing in sync at his fastest pace in years, but financial vulnerabilities create challenges for medium-term growth. Private indebtedness, including of households, remains a source of concern, as set out in the special chapter of our latest Economic Outlook on “Resilience … More High household debt: a challenge for medium-term growth?

Zombie firms and weak productivity: what role for policy?

by Dan Andrews, Müge Adalet McGowan and Valentine Millot, Productivity Workstream, OECD Economics Department Weak productivity growth is a major problem afflicting our societies. It curbs growth in incomes and endangers the sustainability of our social security systems. An important, but often ignored, source of the productivity slowdown is the increasing prevalence of weakly productive firms … More Zombie firms and weak productivity: what role for policy?

Getting the most out of Fintech in Estonia

By Caroline Klein, Estonia Desk, OECD Economics Department and Olena Havrylchyk, Professor of Economics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne Pioneers of the Estonian Fintech need a fair level playing field. Estonia, at the forefront of alternative finance should seize the moment to set framework conditions right. Estonia is a frontrunner in alternative … More Getting the most out of Fintech in Estonia

Brighter futures or dashed expectations? The global recovery needs to deliver gains for all

By Lukas Lehner and Dorothée Rouzet, OECD Economics Department Global growth has gained momentum in 2017 and the economic recovery is moving forward, as shown in our latest Economic Outlook. Labour productivity is improving from its decade-long sluggishness. Yet, expected productivity gains still lag far behind pre-crisis norms, and will not be sufficient to set … More Brighter futures or dashed expectations? The global recovery needs to deliver gains for all

Investment, an engine of global growth that has yet to fire up

By Théodore Renault and Dorothée Rouzet, OECD Economics Department Global growth has strengthened, but policymakers face the challenge of lifting their economies’ long-term potential to ensure it remains robust and more inclusive. Private sector investment has slowed substantially in the past decade. Even though they have started to recover in most advanced economies, net investment … More Investment, an engine of global growth that has yet to fire up

The Policy Challenge: Catalyse the private sector for stronger and more inclusive growth

by By Catherine L. Mann,  OECD Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department, Global economic growth is strengthening, with incoming data surprising on the upside. We project global GDP growth to be between 3 ½ and 3 ¾ per cent through the projection horizon, closer to long-run averages. Will this synchronised momentum finally propel the … More The Policy Challenge: Catalyse the private sector for stronger and more inclusive growth

Should we worry about high household and corporate debt?

By Catherine L. Mann,  OECD Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department, and Filippo Gori, Economist, Macroeconomic Policy Division, OECD Economics Department Household and corporate debt in many advanced and emerging market economies is high in the wake of the financial crisis and following a decade of low global interest rates.  Should we be … More Should we worry about high household and corporate debt?

A Response to Queen Elizabeth’s Question on the Global Financial Crisis

Dave Turner, Head of the Macroeconomic Analysis Division, OECD Economics Department “Why did no one see it coming?” was the disarmingly blunt question asked by Queen Elizabeth in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. A number of economists (some with greater reliance on hindsight than others) claimed that there had been “worrying developments” in finance … More A Response to Queen Elizabeth’s Question on the Global Financial Crisis

Maintaining Switzerland’s enviable living standards into the future

by Christine Lewis, Switzerland Desk, Economics Department Switzerland’s high living standards and quality of life are renowned. It has the third-highest level of GDP per capita in the OECD. Likewise, survey data show Swiss have the OECD’s second-highest rate of life satisfaction. Unemployment is low, including for young people. And income inequality (after taxes and … More Maintaining Switzerland’s enviable living standards into the future

Where to get the best bang for the buck in the United Kingdom? Industrial strategy, investment and lagging regions

by Rafal Kierzenkowski, Head of UK Desk, Peter Gal, Economist, Productivity Workstream, and Gabor Fulop, Analyst at the UK Desk, OECD Economics Department The United Kingdom has large regional disparities in productivity which contribute to differences in living standards across the country, while its less productive regions also hold back overall economic performance (OECD, 2017). High … More Where to get the best bang for the buck in the United Kingdom? Industrial strategy, investment and lagging regions