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Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden

Richard B. Freeman, Birgitta Swedenborg, and Robert H. Topel


Over the course of the twentieth century, Sweden carried out one of the most ambitious experiments by a capitalist market economy in developing a large and active welfare state. Sweden's generous social programs and the economic equality they fostered became an example for other countries to emulate. Of late, Sweden has also been much discussed as a model of how to deal with financial and economic crisis, due to the country's recovery from a banking crisis in the mid-1990s. At that time economists heatedly debated whether the welfare state caused Sweden's crisis and should be reformed—a debate ... More

Keywords: Sweden, welfare state, capitalism, labor market, tax policy, benefit policy, local government policy, industrial structure, international trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226261928
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226261911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard B. Freeman, editor

Birgitta Swedenborg, editor

Robert H. Topel, editor

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