Causes of an Economic Downturn

Causes of an economic downturn could include:

  1. Global recession – downturn in world trade leads to lower exports and lower domestic demand. This is increasingly important in global economy.
  2. Fiscal Austerity. If government is forced to cut spending and increase taxes, this can lead to lower domestic demand as consumers have lower disposable income
  3. Tightening of monetary policy. Higher interest rates lead to lower growth
  4. Oil Price Shock. Higher oil prices cause an increase in costs and a decline in disposable income leading to lower economic growth.
  5. Falling Asset prices. A fall in house prices leads to a decline in consumer wealth and lower consumer spending. Also banks lose money on mortgage defaults.
  6. Deflation. Deflation (falling price level) discourages spending and increases the real value of debt, leading to lower spending and investment.
  7. Negative shock on confidence. If people are pessimistic about the future, then they will seek to increase saving and reduce their spending, leading to lower economic growth.


The causes of the sharp economic downturn in 2008 

Other Recessions

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By on November 12th, 2008