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Reform Capacity and Macroeconomic Performance in the Nordic Countries$
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Torben M. Andersen, Michael Bergman, and Svend E. Hougaard Jensen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717102.001.0001

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Reforming the Fiscal Framework

Reforming the Fiscal Framework

The Case of Sweden 1973–2013

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(p.190) 8 Reforming the Fiscal Framework
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Reform Capacity and Macroeconomic Performance in the Nordic Countries
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Lars Jonung

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717102.003.0014

This chapter analyses fiscal policies from a learning perspective. The macroeconomic record of Sweden since the 1970s is characterized, focusing on how the design of stabilization policies has changed over time, in particular after the financial crisis in the early 1990s. It is argued that the crisis had a profound effect on the conduct of fiscal policy as well as the institutional framework for macroeconomic policy. As a response to the crisis, Sweden introduced new political and administrative institutions designed not only to attain long-run sustainable public finances but also to provide guidelines on the use of stabilization and structural policies. One important element of the fiscal framework is the establishment in 2007 of a fiscal policy council. The chapter discusses the remits of the council and gives a brief evaluation of its reports. The Swedish experience offers an important illustration of the importance of learning from past mistakes.

Keywords:   fiscal policy, policy learning, crisis response, fiscal framework, fiscal policy council, Sweden

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