Talk of a Japanese style “lost decade” has abounded ever since the financial crisis took hold in 2008. The Economist has crunched the numbers and on the basis of seven indicators covering economic output, wealth and labor markets, the United States has already gone back ten years.
Its GDP per person, for example, was at a higher level than today back in 2005 and its main stock market index was higher in 1999.
Of the countries considered, Greece has fared the worst. In economic terms, it is just entering the new millennium again. As a whole the rich world has been hardest hit by the financial crisis. Just six of the 34 “advanced” economies categorised by the IMF have GDP per person higher in 2011 than in 2007. Notable among them are Germany and Australia.