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Hungary: Tight macroeconomic policy

After a sizeable contraction in 2009, GDP growth should progressively resume in 2010, and gather pace in 2011, on the back of a strengthening foreign demand and easing credit conditions. Unless the upcoming election year repeats past electoral profligacy, planned fiscal austerity should curb domestic demand. The unemployment rate will peak at over 10% in 2010 before falling slightly. The significant output gap and the recent appreciation of the exchange rate have dampened inflationary pressures, which should not increase before the recovery gains momentum.

A tight macroeconomic policy under the programme of International Monetary Fund and the initial success in reining in expenditure growth have boosted investor confidence, strengthened the exchange rate and provided room for a series of interest rate cuts since mid-2009. Scope for further easing will be determined by the credibility of continued fiscal consolidation and conditions in global financial markets. To maintain investor confidence, it is crucial that the government sticks to the newly adopted medium-term fiscal framework and supports the efforts of the new fiscal council.

©OECD Observer 2010




Economic data

GDP growth: +0.2% Q4 2019
Consumer price inflation: 2.3% January 2020
Trade (G20): -0.1% exp, -1.3% imp, Q4 2019
Unemployment: 5.1% January 2020
Last update: 11 March 2020

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