Economic Progress

2008 vs. Today: Why we’re more pessimistic about the economic situation now

Global GDP is now expected to contract by 4.9% in 2020. Image: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Shannon Schumacher

Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Mara Mordecai

Research Associate, Pew Research Center.


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