OECD: Infrastructure spending is good, protectionism bad

PARIS - An international economic agency says the kind of infrastructure spending promised by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could boost global growth, but it’s warning that protectionist tendencies will hurt prosperity.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development overall hit an upbeat note in its latest world economic outlook Monday, thanks in part to stimulus efforts planned in the U.S. and China. The OECD raised its forecasts for global growth to 3.3 percent for next year, up from 3.2 percent in its last outlook.

After years of low growth, OECD chief Angel Gurria expressed hope that “the global economy may be at a point of inflection,” as low interest rates give governments more freedom to reduce taxes and spend on infrastructure and education.

Gurria warned, however, against “the pitfalls of protectionism.”