In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, policy makers across the globe unleashed unprecedented amounts of fiscal stimulus to counter the sharpest decline in global growth.

Franz Ulrich Ruch, Haroon Mumtaz |

In the average LIC, government debt has risen since 2011 by 30 percentage points of GDP to 67 percent of GDP in 2022—its highest levels (outside 2020) since 2005.

Joseph Mawejje |

The Global Economic Outlook June 2023 summarized in five charts

Dominik Peschel, Philip Kenworthy |

According to the latest Global Economic Prospects report, global growth will slow from 2.9 percent in 2022 to 1.7 percent in 2023. The outlook has several downside risks, including the possibility…

Jeetendra Khadan, Sam Hill |

In more than 80 percent of these countries, government debt is now higher than before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Many of these economies need to urgently improve fiscal positions within…

M. Ayhan Kose, Franziska Ohnsorge, Naotaka Sugawara |

This blog analyses the consequences of an energy shock on global growth. It puts the current rise in energy prices into historical context, presents model-based estimates of its growth impacts,…

Justin-Damien Guénette, Jeetendra Khadan |

The World Bank’s latest forecasts, published today, reflect a sizable downgrade to the outlook: global growth is expected to slow sharply from 5.7 percent in 2021 to 2.9 percent this year.

David Malpass |

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has not only caused an enormous humanitarian catastrophe, but an economic shock as well. This blog presents five charts that convey how the war is hastening an…

Justin-Damien Guénette, Collette Wheeler |

Weak recoveries in emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) are expected to raise between-country inequality. Within-country income inequality is also estimated to have increased somewhat…

Amat Adarov |

Global debt levels surged in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A rise in debt has led to several countries initiating debt restructuring, while many others are in or at high risk of debt…

Peter Nagle |