Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2020:16: The Quest for Economic Stability: A Study on Swedish Stabilization Policies 1873–2019

Fredrik N. G. Andersson ()
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Fredrik N. G. Andersson: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: There is a never-ending quest for a stable economy with full employment and low inflation. Economists have suggested and policymakers have experimented with different fiscal and monetary policy regimes since at least the beginning of the industrial revolution. In this paper, we study Swedish stabilization policies through six policy regimes between 1873 and 2019. We focus on discretionary stabilization policies by estimating policy shocks. We then explore how Swedish stabilization policies have evolved over time through these shocks: how different institutional setups affected the policies and how policymakers responded to key economic events such as financial crises and wars.

Keywords: monetary policy; fiscal policy; policy shocks; stabilization policies: financial crisis

JEL-codes: E42; E43; E52; E58; E62; E65

37 pages, August 26, 2020

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