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

The September 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published on September 12, 2019.  The headline is “Economists Don’t See Path to 3% Growth in 2019.”

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:

The Trump administration’s goal of achieving economic growth of 3% or better is looking increasingly remote this year, according to forecasters surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

Private-sector economists surveyed in recent days expect U.S. gross domestic product to expand an inflation-adjusted 2.2% this year on average, measured from the fourth quarter a year earlier. Forecasters expect economic growth will slow to 1.7% in 2020 and will be 1.9% 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 34.79%. The individual estimates, of those who responded, ranged from 10% to 67%.  For reference, the average response in August’s survey was 33.57%.

As stated in the article, the survey’s 60 respondents were academic, financial and business economists.  Not every economist answered every question.  The survey was conducted September 6 – September 10, 2019.

Economic Forecasts

The current average forecasts among economists polled include the following:


full-year 2019:  2.20%

full-year 2020:  1.68%

full-year 2021:  1.85%

full-year 2022:  1.99%

Unemployment Rate:

December 2019: 3.67%

December 2020: 3.87%

December 2021: 4.09%

December 2022: 4.13%

10-Year Treasury Yield:

December 2019: 1.69%

December 2020: 1.97%

December 2021: 2.24%

December 2022: 2.41%


Please Note – The above is excerpted from the (published by RevSD, LLC) post of September 13, 2019, titled “The September 2019 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey


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