The May 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey – Notable Aspects

The May 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on May 9, 2019.  The headline is “Nearly 70% of Economists Expect Faster Wage Growth Over Next Year, WSJ Survey Says.”

I found numerous items to be notable – although I don’t necessarily agree with them – both within the article and in the “Economist Q&A” section.

An excerpt:

Just over a third of economists, 35.7%, expect the next recession to start in 2020, while 52.4% expect it will start in 2021. That marked a shift from the prior two surveys, when nearly half of respondents expected the next recession to start in 2020. In April, 40% predicted the next downturn will start in 2021, while in March about a third forecast a downturn to begin in 2021.

As seen in the “Recession Probability” section, the average response as to the odds of another recession starting within the next 12 months was 22.79%. The individual estimates, of those who responded, ranged from 0% to 45%.  For reference, the average response in April’s survey was 25.80%.

As stated in the article, the survey’s respondents were 60 academic, financial and business economists.  Not every economist answered every question.  The survey was conducted May 3 – May 7, 2019.

Economic Forecasts

The current average forecasts among economists polled include the following:


full-year 2019:  2.3%

full-year 2020:  1.8%

full-year 2021:  1.8%

Unemployment Rate:

December 2019: 3.6%

December 2020: 3.8%

December 2021: 4.1%

10-Year Treasury Yield:

December 2019: 2.75%

December 2020: 2.80%

December 2021: 2.82%


Please Note – The above is excerpted from the (published by RevSD, LLC) post of May 9, 2019, titled “The May 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey


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