Research Department Staff Forecast December 2013
Research Department Staff Forecast December 2013.
This document presents the forecast of macroeconomic developments compiled by the Bank of Israel Research Department in December 2013. The forecast was presented to the Monetary Committee on December 22, 2013 during its meeting prior to the decision on the Bank of Israel interest rate for January 2014. According to the staff forecast, Gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to grow by 3.5 percent in 2013, by 3.3 percent in 2014, and by 3.2 percent in 2015. Excluding the estimations of the effect of natural gas production from the "Tamar" site, the GDP growth rate is expected to improve from 2.6 percent in 2013 to 2.9 percent in 2014 and to 3.2 percent in 2015, in view of an improvement in the global environment and forecasts of a continued trend of improvement in 2014 and 2015. The rate of inflation over the next year (ending in the fourth quarter of 2014) is expected to be 1.8 percent. The Bank of Israel is expected to leave the monetary interest rate at 1 percent—its level when the forecast was compiled—until the second half of 2014, and the interest rate is expected to reach 1.25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.