Global Economy Continues to Suffer Weak Growth Momentum: DIW Economic Outlook

DIW Weekly Report 49/50 / 2019, S. 420-422

Claus Michelsen, Guido Baldi, Geraldine Dany-Knedlik, Hella Engerer, Stefan Gebauer, Malte Rieth

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Favorable labor market conditions and the resulting increase in private consumption are still sustaining the global economy. Trade disputes and political uncertainties, however, continue to slow investment activity, with the result that economic growth will only be moderate particularly in advanced economies. By contrast, growth is accelerating in emerging markets, especially in India. Global economic growth is likely to remain moderate over the next two years. Consumption, in particular, will continue to prop up the economy, with investment activity expected to remain sluggish in the near term, despite favorable financing conditions. Towards the end of the forecast period, investment is expected to pick up again and trade to recover, replacing private consumption as the main drivers of growth. Worldwide, the economy is expected to grow by 3.6 percent this year and by 3.7 percent in each of the two subsequent years. Even though tariff disputes between the US and China have eased somewhat, downward risks remain high. Additional US tariffs and Brexit uncertainties threaten to weaken the economy.

Geraldine Dany-Knedlik

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Abteilung Makroökonomie

Stefan Gebauer

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Konjunkturpolitik

Claus Michelsen

Abteilungsleiter in der Abteilung Konjunkturpolitik

Malte Rieth

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Makroökonomie

Hella Engerer

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Abteilung Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt

Themen: Konjunktur

JEL-Classification: E32;E66;F01
Keywords: Business cycle forecast, ecoomic outlook