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Regional Economic Outlook, October 2011, Western Hemisphere :, Shifting Winds, New Policy Challenges

Despite the recent deterioration in the global economic environment, projections for the region involve only a modest worsening of the outlook. The October 2011 Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere cautions, however, that there are severe downside risks. A sharp slowdown in Asia, for example in response to a recession in advanced economies, could impact commodity prices, with negative effects on Latin American commodity exporters. With global monetary policy likely to remain accommodative, capital flows could exacerbate overheating and amplify vulnerabilities in emerging markets. Countries with strong real linkages to the United States face a somewhat weaker outlook and should give priority to reducing public debt. Although much of the Caribbean is recovering from a prolonged recession, the outlook remains constrained by high public debt and weak tourism flows. This issue finds that policies can play an important role in mitigating the economic impact of terms-of-trade shocks, and underscores the need to rebuild policy buffers
Table Of Contents
Cover; Contents; Preface; Executive Summary; 1. Global, U.S., and Canadian Outlook and Challenges; 1.1. Global Outlook: Slowing Growth with Dominant Downside Risks; Policy Options: Rebalancing Demand; 1.2. United States: A Tough Balancing Act; U.S. Policy Options; 1.3. Canada: A Slowing Recovery; Canada Policy Options; 1.4. Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean; Boxes; 1.1. U.S. Housing and Labor Markets: Headwinds to Recovery; 1.2. U.S. Financial Exposure to Europe; 1.3. Budget Institutions for U.S. Fiscal Consolidation
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non fiction
"Oct 11."
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1 online resource (92 p.)
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