Global Economy Watch (GEW) archive

The cost of corruption - too big to ignore?

May 10, 2016

As policymakers convene at the landmark UK anti-corruption summit, we analyse the cost of corruption and the sectors most susceptible.

How to prioritise public infrastructure investments

May 10, 2016

The global economy is facing a growth challenge. One often recommended way to boost growth is to accelerate public investment in infrastructure.

Economic update: Mind the gap

May 10, 2016

Latest output gap estimates give an indicator of spare capacity, showing that economic output for the G7 was around $500 billion below potential in 2015.

The co-dependence of governments and the financial sector

April 01, 2016

Subdued growth in some emerging markets and low commodity prices have led to renewed interest in the link between governments and the financial sector.

ECB announces more cheap loans but what impact will they have?

April 01, 2016

At the March ECB meeting, policymakers announced further expansionary measures to address below target inflation.

Economic update: What does the new growth target mean for China?

April 01, 2016

At this year’s National People’s Congress, Chinese policymakers set a target range for GDP growth of between 6.5% and 7% for 2016.

Brazil’s hangover: a slow recovery ahead for Latin America’s former star

March 02, 2016

Once a star of Latin America and the emerging markets, Brazil faces the prospect of a protracted recession.

Is it time to worry about emerging markets?

March 02, 2016

For much of the last decade advanced economies bore the brunt of the global economic crisis. From the sub-prime crisis and subsequent bank failures, to..

Economic update: Zero is no longer the lower bound

March 01, 2016

Around one quarter of the global economy in total, have now adopted a negative interest rate policy that is historically unprecedented.

Tough ask: Three questions to help guide the UK’s export strategy

February 12, 2016

The UK government set tough export targets during 2011 and 2012 to: increase exports to £1 trillion by 2020; and increase the number of exporters by 100,000 to 288,000 by 2020.

Exporting is hard to do

February 12, 2016

During the financial crisis a key challenge that policymakers faced was to find new sources of economic growth.

Economic update: Cocktail of emerging market risks not going away

February 12, 2016

The global economy is experiencing a potentially dangerous cocktail of a strong dollar, low oil prices and a continued slowdown in China.

Predictions for the Nigerian economy in 2016 from Dr. Andrew Nevin, Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria

January 04, 2016

Growth will rebound after a disappointing 2015 to almost 5% in 2016 as tight fuel supplies and power outages abate and a more accommodative monetary and fiscal stance takes hold.

Predictions for the UK economy in 2016 from John Hawksworth, Chief Economist, PwC UK

January 04, 2016

The UK economy should remain one of the strongest in the G7, with continued steady real GDP growth of around 2-2.5% in 2016.

Global economy watch: Predictions for 2016

January 04, 2016

Understand what lies ahead is important for your business planning. At the start of the New Year, our macro-economics team look at predictions for 2016. In addition to making our latest projections for the leading economies of the world, our economists set out the key themes we think will prevail in the global economy in 2016.

Paris climate summit: Deal talks driving policy and financial sector developments

December 08, 2015

The 21st annual UN led climate change conference is underway in Paris. The objective is to reach an international agreement to prevent the average global temperature rising.

Will consumers behave like Santa or Scrooge during Christmas?

December 08, 2015

Consumer spending is fundamental to economic activity and to businesses. Consumer spending accounts for around two thirds of economic activity.

Economic update: The ECB continues to buy time for governments to press ahead with reforms

December 07, 2015

Eurozone inflation remains below target and Eurozone credit is still growing at slow rates

Public finance reform: It’s time

November 07, 2015

Oil prices are expected to remain 'lower for longer'. But what does this mean for net oil exporters and especially the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies?

How have business specific structural changes fared in emerging economies?

November 07, 2015

Growth rates in six large emerging economies have slowed down from an estimated GDP-weighted average rate of 7.5% in 2011 to a projected 5.4% this year.