How Regulatory Reforms in Sweden have boosted Productivity [E-Book] / Espen Erlandsen and Jens Lundsgaard
Erlandsen, Espen.
Lundsgaard, Jens.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2007
45 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
englisch
10.1787/084244078600
OECD Economics Department Working Papers ; 577
Economics
Sweden
Full Text
The economic crisis in the early 1990s prompted action on reforming the Swedish welfare state and its institutions, including deregulation of a wide range of product markets. In that way, Sweden took early action compared to other OECD countries currently struggling with how to make public finances more robust in an ageing context. The reforms that were implemented during the 1990s are now paying off in terms of productivity and GDP growth. Empirical evidence suggests that deregulation has delivered a considerable "productivity dividend". Although significant progress therefore has been made, renewed regulatory reform is needed to safeguard Sweden’s ambitious public policy goals. Efforts should focus on improving enterprise formation and labour utilisation, as well as on providing better value for money in the public sector by raising its efficiency and delivering high quality services.