UCLA Anderson Forecast Predicts “Weakness” In The National Economy Due To Problems In The Housing Market
California Economy To Experience Similar Conditions as State’s Real Estate Market Cools; No Recession Forecasted for the U.S. or California
December 7, 2005
UCLA Anderson Forecast
LOS ANGELES — In it’s 54th annual report, the UCLA Anderson Forecast sees problematic
conditions in the National economy through 2007, but not enough to be called a recession.
Manifest problems in the housing sector will result in sluggish economic conditions, but
with few jobs to lose in an already moribund manufacturing sector, no true recession is
foreseen. The California Forecast mirrors that of the Nation. The housing market will
cool off, consumer spending will slow and there may be some job loss in construction and
other real estate related industries. California “probably will not see a full-blown
The National Forecast
In the latest Forecast report, UCLA Anderson Forecast Director Edward Leamer writes,
“Housing is in a perilous position,” but that, “housing alone cannot constitute a recession.”
The report titled, “No Recession Any Time Soon, But Troubles Ahead, Nonetheless,” details
the relationship between the housing sector and the employment sector. Dr. Leamer asserts,
“A recession is first and foremost a period of job loss and elevated unemployment.” While a
hit to the housing market may cause a loss of some jobs in construction and related industries,
the manufacturing sector is virtually at the floor and there is hardly any room to fall further.
In short, with no excess employment in manufacturing, there are no jobs to lose. Thus, a
slowdown in housing will produce a slowed economy, but without the job losses in the
manufacturing sector, it won’t be a recessed economy.
The California Forecast
The California Forecast, authored by Senior Economist Ryan Ratcliff, also warns of problems
in the housing market, with some job loss in related sectors. The Forecast calls for a plateau
in home prices, a moderate decrease in sales and new building and two years of weak growth.
The report also calls for a slowdown in construction activity through 2007. Ratciff states
that, “Overall, this leads to two years of anemic growth in all of the major indicators – but
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