22/4/20: Eurozone Growth Forecasts

April data on analysts and institutional forecasts for Eurozone growth over 22 sources, including a range of investment banks and international institutions are summarized here:

So far, estimated 2020-2021 economic fallout from COVID19 pandemic is in the range of 3.48-3.87 percentage points compared to January forecasts. In other words, markets expectations are currently at 2021 full year real GDP being 3.48-3.97 percent below the market consensus forecast back in January. Markets are now pricing in cumulative 2020-2021 decline in GDP of 1.22-1.70 percentage points on 2019 levels. Put differently, by the end of 2021, investment banks and international institutions are, on average, expecting the Eurozone economy to be 1.22-1.7 percentage points worse than at the end of 2019.

Should 2019 growth rate prevail in 2022, by the end of 2022, based on the above forecasts, Eurozone economy will still be worse off than at the end of 2019.

These expectations are not consistent with a V-shaped recovery expectations by the majority of the European political leaders and media pundits.