Apr 6, 2021 - Economy

The world's pandemic rebound

Data: IMF World Economic Outlook; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The global economy is going to end 2021 2.5% larger than it was at the end of 2019. That's according to the latest forecast from the IMF, which has upgraded its economic projections by about half a percentage point since its last forecast in January.

Why it matters: The overall growth rate of 6% in 2021 masks a huge range between countries. India is projected to grow at a 12.5% pace this year, for instance, while Nigeria will only grow by 2.5%.

The big picture: Europe is going to end 2021 with a smaller economy than it had at the end of 2019. Asia, however, is seeing torrid growth, led by both China and India.

  • The United States is doing extremely well by developed-country standards, with tailwinds from both widespread vaccinations and more than $5 trillion in economic stimulus.
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