U.S. and Global Economies Slammed by COVID-19: U.S. and World Outlooks

The Conference Board of Canada, 15 pages, April 9, 2020
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This briefing examines the short-term developments in the U.S. economy, including housing, consumption, and investment, as well as the outlook for the global economy.

Document Highlights

  • Measures to stem the outbreak of COVID-19 will lead to a drop in U.S. real GDP in the second quarter of this year. The service sector has borne the brunt of the damage.
  • Aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus has averted what would have been a far worse outcome for the U.S. economy as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The economy is expected to begin to recover in the second half of this year.
  • The severe disruptions in the global economy are likely to cause many multinational corporations to re-examine their supply chain linkages with China.

Table of Contents

Key findings

U.S. outlook

World outlook

Appendix A—Forecast assumptions

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