WIFO Economic Outlook

The analysis and forecast of the business cycle is a core competence of WIFO. The series "WIFO Economic Outlook" presents the quarterly economic forecast, which focuses on the current and next year. The economic outlook is based on WIFO's Flash Estimates of the Quarterly National Accounts and the results of the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (business cycle survey in cooperation with the European Commission) as well as short-term estimates of economic development based on high-frequency economic indicators, such as the Weekly WIFO Economic Index (WWWI).

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Prognose für 2021 und 2022: Vierte COVID-19-Welle bremst kräftigen Aufschwung (Economic Outlook for 2021 and 2022: Fourth COVID 19 Wave Slows Strong Upswing)
WIFO Economic Outlook (German version), 2021, 38 pages
Online since: 08.10.2021 10:30
Die Wertschöpfung in Österreich wuchs im II. Quartal 2021 insbesondere in den krisengeschüttelten Branchen deutlich. Mit der Zunahme des Infektionsgeschehens ab August 2021 schwächte sich das Wachstum aber wieder ab. Die neuerliche COVID-19-Welle wird den Aufholprozess in bestimmten Dienstleistungsbranchen im IV. Quartal abermals dämpfen. Der Konjunkturaufschwung verläuft demnach sektoral heterogen, ist jedoch insgesamt äußerst kräftig. Auch der Arbeitsmarkt erholt sich zügig, wird durch die vierte COVID-19-Welle aber vorübergehend einen Rückschlag erleiden. Zugleich wird sich der Preisauftrieb weiter beschleunigen, während die Geldpolitik – der neuen Strategie der EZB entsprechend – expansiv bleibt.
Research group:Macroeconomics and Public Finance

Economic Outlook for 2021 and 2022: Fourth COVID 19 Wave Slows Strong Upswing
Value added in Austria grew significantly in the second quarter 2021, especially in the crisis-hit sectors. However, growth weakened again with the increase in the incidence of infections from August 2021. The renewed COVID 19 wave will again dampen the catch-up process in certain service sectors in the fourth quarter. The economic upswing is, hence, heterogeneous across sectors, but it is extremely strong overall. The labour market is also recovering rapidly but will suffer a temporary setback from the fourth COVID 19 wave. At the same time, inflation will con-tinue to accelerate, while monetary policy – in line with the ECB's new strategy – will remain expansionary.

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