April 2016 update to TIGER: Tracking indexes for the global recovery

Editor’s Note: In collaboration with the Financial Times (FT), Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda of Brookings have developed a set of composite indexes which track the global economic recovery. The Financial Times also publishes the Tracking Indexes for the Global Economic Recovery (TIGER), which appears on the Financial Times website.

After yet another year of tepid growth in 2015, the world economy in 2016 faces the unsettling prospect of more of the same—at best. It continues to be beset by mediocre growth, hesitant or impotent policy actions by national governments, and a dearth of confidence among households and businesses.

The latest update of the Brookings-FT TIGER shows that the global economic recovery remains weak, uneven, and in danger of stalling yet again. Click a country name below the overall growth index to view charts for the main TIGER indexes by country and charts for the indicators that make up the indexes, which are broken down by real activity, financial, and confidence indicators.


Greece Ireland Netherlands Portugal South Korea
  • Advanced Economy
  • Emerging Market Economy
  • Euro Periphery Economy
  • Euro Periphery / Advanced Economy

As well as tracking country performance, the TIGER indexes also track the performance of key indicators across groups of advanced economies, emerging markets and a composite total. Click on the following links to view the updated charts for the following key indicators:

Real Activity Indicators
Financial Indicators
Confidence Indicators

For detailed information on the composition and construction of the indexes and a comprehensive description of the data and source information, please refer to the updated technical appendix. Data for the TIGER indexes are available for download below and on the right column of this page.

Read the full analysis and commentary: A recovery of sorts could prove fragile and fleeting »