Denmark: Wide fiscal deficit
The Danish economy was hit hard, if belatedly, by the global economic crisis but is projected to recover gradually as world trade regains momentum and as support is provided by the large automatic stabilisers, substantial fiscal easing and low interest rates. Private consumption fell very steeply in late 2008 and early 2009 but less so subsequently, as it is being supported by tax cuts, withdrawals from the special pension scheme and less depressed equity prices. Sentiment is up in manufacturing and industrial production seems to have stabilised at a low level, while the number of new bankruptcies is coming down.
Despite some withdrawal of the fiscal stimulus imparted in response to the crisis, the budget deficit is expected to remain large in 2011. Additional consolidation measures will be needed in due course to bring the fiscal position back on track with the long-term targets, and these measures should be spelled out sooner rather than later.
©OECD Observer 2010