What it is:
An L-shaped recovery refers to substantial losses in economic growth followed by a period of stagnation. Represented graphically, GDP data looks like the letter "L."
How it works (Example):
#-ad_banner-#For example, suppose country ABC experiences a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) from $100 billion to $80 billion between 2002 and 2003. If country ABC's remains at $80 billion until 2008, the country experienced an L-shaped recovery as shown below: