World Economic Outlook Reports

A Survey by the IMF staff usually published twice a year. It presents IMF staff economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium term. Chapters give an overview as well as more detailed analysis of the world economy; consider issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market; and address topics of pressing current interest. Annexes, boxes, charts, and an extensive statistical appendix augment the text.

See also, the World Economic Databases

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IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update -- Gradual Upturn in Global Growth During 2013, January 2013

January 23, 2013

Description: Global growth is projected to increase during 2013, as the factors underlying soft global activity are expected to subside. However, this upturn is projected to be more gradual than in the October 2012 World Economic Outlook (WEO) projections. Policy actions have lowered acute crisis risks in the euro area and the United States. But in the euro area, the return to recovery after a protracted contraction is delayed.


IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) - Coping with High Debt and Sluggish Growth, October 2012 -- Table of Contents

October 9, 2012

Description: IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO), October 2012 -- table of Contents

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update -- New Setbacks, Further Policy Action Needed, July 2012

July 16, 2012

Description: n the past three months, the global recovery, which was not strong to start with, has shown signs of further weakness. Financial market and sovereign stress in the euro area periphery have ratcheted up, close to end-2011 levels. Growth in a number of major emerging market economies has been lower than forecast. Partly because of a somewhat better-than-expected first quarter, the revised baseline projections in this WEO Update suggest that these developments will only result in a minor setback to the global outlook, with global growth at 3.5 percent in 2012 and 3.9 percent in 2013, marginally lower than in the April 2012 World Economic Outlook.

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) - Growth Resuming, Dangers Remain, April 2012

April 17, 2012

Description: IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO), April 2012


IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) - Slowing Growth, Rising Risks, September 2011 -- Table of Contents

September 21, 2011

Description: IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO), September 2011 -- table of Contents

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update -- Mild Slowdown of the Global Expansion, and Increasing Risks, June 2011

June 17, 2011

Description: Activity is slowing down temporarily, and downside risks have increased again. The global expansion remains unbalanced. Growth in many advanced economies is still weak, considering the depth of the recession. In addition, the mild slowdown observed in the second quarter of 2011 is not reassuring.

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) - Tensions from the Two-Speed Recovery: Unemployment, Commodities, and Capital Flows, April 2011

April 11, 2011

Description: IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO), April 2011, Tensions from the Two-Speed Recovery: Unemployment, Commodities, and Capital Flows

IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update -- Global Recovery Advances but Remains Uneven, January 2011

January 25, 2011

Description: The two-speed recovery continues. In advanced economies, activity has moderated less than expected, but growth remains subdued, unemployment is still high, and renewed stresses in the euro area periphery are contributing to downside risks. In many emerging economies, activity remains buoyant, inflation pressures are emerging, and there are now some signs of overheating, driven in part by strong capital inflows.


IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) - Recovery, Risk, and Rebalancing, October 2010 -- Table of Contents

October 6, 2010

Description: Global economic recovery rests on two rebalancing acts: internal rebalancing to strengthen private demand in advanced economies, and external rebalancing to increase net exports in deficit countries and decrease net exports in surplus countries. This October 2010 edition of the World Economic Outlook examines the dynamics of such global rebalancing. Table of Contents...

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