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Trump presidency could cost US economy US$1t: Oxford Economics

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 08:11

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The US economy could be US$1 trillion smaller than otherwise expected in 2021 if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, economics research firm Oxford Economics said on Tuesday.

[LONDON] The US economy could be US$1 trillion smaller than otherwise expected in 2021 if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, economics research firm Oxford Economics said on Tuesday.

While the firm said Mr Trump's policies - including more protectionist trade measures, tax cuts and mass deportation of illegal immigrants - may be watered down in negotiations with Congress, they could have "adverse" consequences.

"Should Mr Trump prove more successful in achieving adoption of his policies, the consequences could be far-reaching - knocking 5 per cent off the level of US GDP relative to baseline and undermining the anticipated recovery in global growth," it said.

Oxford Economics describes itself as an independent global advisory firm. They are headquartered in Oxford, England, but have offices around the world including Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington.

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Under its baseline scenario, Oxford Economics expects US gross domestic product - the value of all goods and services produced in the economy - to grow at a fairly constant rate of around 2 per cent from 2017, reaching US$18.5 trillion in 2021.

Oxford Economics said its baseline scenario assumes Mr Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton triumphs in the Nov 8 vote and a split Congress emerges - between a Republican US House of Representatives and a Democratic US Senate - which results largely in a continuation of current policies.

If Mr Trump is successful in implementing his policies, it predicts growth would slow significantly, falling near zero in 2019, and reducing overall GDP to US$17.5 trillion.

Mr Trump would face challenges winning the backing of Congress for all his policies, and some economists argue that looser tax policy could actually help boost economic growth.

The latest opinion polls show Mrs Clinton, the former secretary of state, ahead, but her lead has slipped in recent weeks.

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