The July 2023 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey – Notable Aspects

The July 2023 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on July 15, 2023. The headline is “Economists Are Cutting Back Their Recession Expectations.”

I found numerous items to be notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – both within the article and in the forecasts section.

An excerpt:

In the latest WSJ survey, economists expected gross domestic product to have grown at a 1.5% annual rate in the second quarter, a sharp uptick from 0.2% in the previous survey. They still expect GDP to eventually contract, but later, and by less, than previously. They expect the economy to grow 0.6% in the third quarter, in contrast to the 0.3% contraction expected in the prior survey, followed by a 0.1% contraction in the fourth. Forecasters said GDP would increase 1% in 2023, measured from the fourth quarter of a year earlier, double the previous forecast of 0.5%. 

As seen in the “Recession Probability” section, the average response as to whether the economy will be in a recession within the next 12 months was 54%. The individual estimates, of those who responded, ranged from 1% to 98%.  For reference, the average response in April’s survey [the previously published survey] was 61%.

As stated in the article, the survey’s 69 respondents were academic, financial and business economists.  The survey was conducted July 7 – July 12. Not every economist answered every question.

Economic Forecasts

The current average forecasts among economists polled include the following:


full-year 2023:  .97%

full-year 2024:  1.26%

full-year 2025:  2.08%

Unemployment Rate:

December 2023: 4.06%

December 2024: 4.46%

December 2025: 4.21%

10-Year Treasury Yield:

December 2023: 3.67%

December 2024: 3.40%

December 2025: 3.36%


Please Note – The above is excerpted from the (published by RevSD, LLC) post of July 16, 2023, titled “The July 2023 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey


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