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Global Economic Outlook 2016: The Global Economy in a Holding Pattern

November 2015 | Research Report

The global economy remains in a holding pattern, with weak productivity, slow growth of the global labor force, and slow investment growth working against a technology revolution that has already been slow to pay off. Mature economies remain constrained by deflationary pressures. Emerging markets will continue on their descending flight path—however many will still be growing faster than most mature economies.

We project a modest improvement in the global economy growth rate to 2.8 percent in 2016, up from 2.5 percent in 2015. There are, of course, geographic variations, which we detail in eight regional sections. And there are still growth opportunities for investors, thanks to high liquidity and low interest rates.

Explore our full portfolio of thought leadership on Global Economic Outlook 2016 here.

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Bart van Ark

Managing Director and Principal Investigator
The Productivity Institute


Abdul Erumban

Senior Research Fellow
The Conference Board
Assistant Professor, Economics
University of Groningen


Gad Levanon, PhD

Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board


Ataman Ozyildirim

Senior Director, Economics and Global Research Chair
The Conference Board


Andrew Polk

Program Director of China Government Affairs Council
The Conference Board
Co-founder and Head of Economic Research
Trivium China

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Jing Sima-Friedman

Senior Economist
The Conference Board


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