Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1075: The Swedish Macroeconomic Policy Framework

Lars Calmfors ()
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Lars Calmfors: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden, and Institute for International Economics Studies (IIES), Stockholm University

Abstract: The paper describes the monetary and fiscal policy frameworks in Sweden and analyses how they were established as well as current challenges. Sweden provides a good example of how deep economic crisis, in interaction with independent thinking by academics and other experts as well as policy influences from abroad, can lead to fundamental reforms of policy frameworks. It remains to be seen whether it will be possible in Sweden to adapt the monetary and fiscal frameworks to changed circumstances, while still preserving the benefits they have delivered

Keywords: Independent central banking; Inflation targeting; fiscal rules; Fiscal councils

JEL-codes: E58; H61

25 pages, August 1, 2015

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