The Hungarian economy expanded by 4.8% in Q2 of 2018, reaching the zenith of the current business cycle. Growth has been driven by the extraordinarily rapid utilisation of EU cohesion policy resources. This high growth rate cannot be sustained in the next three years. A sharp decrease in EU transfers from next year on will remove an important driver of growth and there is no comparable substitute for that in sight.

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Main Economic Indicators201520162017201820192020
Population, 1000 persons984398149784...
GDP, real change in %
GDP per capita (EUR at PPP)198001970020500...
Gross industrial production, real change in %
Unemployment rate - LFS, in %, average6.
Average gross monthly wages, EUR800845961...
Consumer prices, % p.a.
Fiscal balance in % of GDP-1.9-1.7-2.2...
Public debt in % of GDP76.675.973.3...
Current account in % of GDP2.
FDI inflow, EUR mn6966-61586546...
Gross external debt in % of GDP107.697.184.6...

Basic data are continuously updated.

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HUNGARY: At the turning point of the business cycle

Sandor Richter
in: Strong Growth Amid Increased Negative Risks
wiiw Forecast Report No. Autumn 2018, November 2018 , pp. 88-91
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Monthly Report No. 6/2018

Vasily Astrov, Rumen Dobrinsky, Richard Grieveson, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Peter Havlik, Gabor Hunya, Sebastian Leitner, Isilda Mara, Olga Pindyuk, Leon Podkaminer, Sandor Richter and Hermine Vidovic
wiiw Monthly Report No. 6, June 2018
27 pages including 1 Table and 1 Figure