Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 283–297 | Cite as

Is Slow Economic Growth the ‘New Normal’ for Europe?

  • Nicholas Crafts


This paper considers future European growth prospects in the light of a new productivity paradox, namely, the co-existence of a productivity slowdown and exciting new technologies. Several potential explanations are reviewed. It is argued that while some are unpersuasive it is too soon to be sure which carry the most weight. This has the implication that while the slowdown is real, it is not necessarily permanent. A key, hotly disputed issue is the future economic impact of technological progress on which forecasts differ dramatically. Supply-side reform could have a strong positive effect, but this is not likely to happen.


Growth projections Productivity paradox Supply-side policy Technological progress 


E24 N14 O47 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CAGEUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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