- World Bank Global Economic Prospects Report forecasts stagnant growth and high inflation
- The Report details the very real risks of a global debt crisis and stagflation
- Treasury Secretary Yellen admits upcoming stagflation but deflects responsibility for inflation
World Bank Report Forecasts Global Economic Downturn
The World Bank Global Economic Prospects Report released its most recent findings. And the globe’s prospects do not look good. According to the World Bank, the effects of the Ukraine War and the Covid-19 pandemic will likely lead to years of slow growth and high inflation.
The World Bank lowered their global economy growth forecast. It went from 5.7% in 2021 to 2.9% in 2022. This forecast is lower than their original one of 4.1%. They expect a steeper decline to occur in 2023 and 2024. Poorer countries will be hit the hardest. Millions in the developing world will be pushed into extreme poverty.1
Central banks around the world are quickly raising interest rates. They aim to bring inflation under control. This is the most widespread tightening in two decades. In the past four months, monetary authorities announced more than 60 rate increases. More are expected ahead.
As a result, low- and middle-income countries now face a serious debt crisis. Their debt is at multi-decade highs. “The associated rise in global borrowing costs and exchange-rate depreciations may trigger financial crises, as it did in the early 1980s,” the World Bank said.2
Recession and Stagflation Predicted
The Report said the combined impact of the pandemic and the war would leave global economic output in the five years from 2020 to 2024 more than 20% lower than the growth between 2010 and 2019. World Bank President Malpass said, “For many countries, recession will be hard to avoid.”3
The World Bank also warned of possible global stagflation. Stagflation is stagnant economic growth combined with high inflation. They likened current conditions to the stagflation of the 1970s. The ’70s recovery required steep interest rate increases. These increases caused financial crises in developing economies. They also sparked a global recession and a string of debt crises.
Stagflation will be a rude awakening for most Americans. It has been 50 years since the country experienced it. The two ingredients for stagflation may already be here. During Q1 2022, the U.S. economy contracted 1.5%. And, in April, the Consumer Price Index inflation measure was 8.3%.
Treasury Secretary Addresses Inflation
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has even said that we’re already seeing “stagflationary effects”. The United States faces “unacceptable levels of inflation” she said. Yellen added that it was likely to remain high but that she hoped price increases would soon moderate.4
Ms. Yellen is part of a wide-ranging publicity effort. Inflation is the dominant midterm election issue. Democrats are at risk of losing their narrow control of Congress. At a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Yellen rejected the Republican theory on inflation. They said that the record inflation was caused by Democratic President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan last year.
Yellen repeated her views that inflation is being fueled by supply-demand mismatches. She cited excessive demand for goods over services during the pandemic. She also blamed severe supply chain disruptions. High energy and food prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have also pushed inflation higher, she said.
The causes of inflation may be up for debate. However, the effects are not. “The world economy is again in danger,” World Bank President David Malpass said. “It is facing high inflation and slow growth at the same time. Even if a global recession is averted, the pain of stagflation could persist for several years.”5
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