WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is expected to expand at a faster pace this year compared to 2012, but there is a belief among a majority of economists that the uncertainty swirling around U.S. fiscal policy will have a negative impact on growth in 2013, according to a survey published Monday.

The latest outlook report from the National Association for Business Economics also shows that those surveyed expect inflation will continue to remain close to 2% through 2014 and that the unemployment rate will show some improvement in 2013 and 2014. Finally, panelists believe that several of the European countries are likely to need bailout packages.

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