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Italy’s debt ratio has persistently remained at elevated levels in the years following the eurozone debt crisis. Economists at ABN Amro analyze where this ratio could end after the corona crisis.

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“Italy’s GDP is expected to have plummeted in the first half of 2020. We have pencilled in sharp contractions of around 5% – 7.5% qoq in Q1 and Q2, respectively. We expect the deterioration in financial conditions and the labour market to result in a double dip recession in Q4 2020-Q1 2021.”

“We expect the cyclical deterioration in the budget balance to be equal to around 4% of GDP.”

“Our preliminary estimates of Italy’s debt ratio in the coming ten years, show a fast jump to levels close to 165% GDP in the next three years. After that, the debt ratio is expected to continue to move higher at a more modest pace.”