Nouriel Roubini: World Economy Stalled, 60% Chance Of Recession In 2012

The man who earned the title “Dr. Doom” for forecasting, largely accurately, the financial crisis of 2008 is warning of another downturn around the corner:

NYU economist Nouriel Roubini went on Bloomberg TV on Aug. 31 to give his latest prediction of the global economy:

“We’ve reached a stall speed in the economy, not just in the U.S., but in the euro zone and the UK. We see probably a 60 percent probability of recession next year, and, unfortunately, we’re running out of policy tools…..and sovereigns cannot bail out their own distressed banks because they are distressed themselves.”Regarding markets and QE3

“There’ll be more monetary easing and quantitative easing done by the Fed and other central banks, but the credit channel is broken. …the market is rallying on the expectation of QE3, but I think it will be a short-lived rally. The macro data, ISM, employment, and housing numbers will come out worse and worse, the market will start to correct again.”The bond market is already expecting a recession,

Roubini also sees a tough time ahead for two of the world’s fastest growing economies:

“I see a hard landing in China as the likely event, not this year or next year, but by 2013 when this over investment move will go bust….. Fixed investment has gone now to 50% of GDP. this over investment boom is going to go into a bust in a hard landing.”   “[Chinese banks] have several trillion dollars yuans and we estimate 30% of these loans will go into default and become underperforming. The heat will be on the Chinese banks.” After the C, he then went on to cover the B in BRIC,

“Brazil has its own other domestic problems, if they do the structural reform that’s needed.  It could have high potential growth, but the question is whether the new president will be willing to do those structural reforms to reduce the distortion and increase the potential growth of the country.”Commentary by EconMatters

Here’s the interview:


Say what you will about Roubini, but I don’t find much to disagree with here.

And here’s another interview that Roubini gave to Bloomberg on the issue.

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Comments

  1. Tano says:

    Predictions that turn out correctly are heralded as evidence of great insight, or genius. Predictions that turn out wrong are let behind and forgotten.

    Given the existence of the business cycle, it is therefore the case that being a “Dr. Doom”, or a “Dr. Sunshine”, is a reliable path toward getting a respectable reputation. Far more often than a stopped clock, but with no more actual insight, one will get some things correct.

  2. Gustopher says:

    Just a 60% chance of recession? He’s more optimistic than I am.

    The austerity budgets throughout Europe and the US are going to stall out any jobless-recoveries before there’s any actual job growth.

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    I think the better question is when the NBER will call the latest peak.

  4. Ben Wolf says:

    @Tano:

    Given the existence of the business cycle, it is therefore the case that being a “Dr. Doom”, or a “Dr. Sunshine”, is a reliable path toward getting a respectable reputation. Far more often than a stopped clock, but with no more actual insight, one will get some things correct

    This recession isn’t a result of the business cycle, it’s a product of too much private debt which forces a halt to consumer spending. Balance Sheet Recessions are much more rare as they result from credit bubbles bursting. “Mainstream” eonomists routinely dismissed Roubini, even mocked him as a fool for projecting the financial crisis.

  5. god says:

    he mixes political parlor games with global macro-economics.
    he prob gets lots of tail that way.