May 7, 2017

Sweden's successful economic plan is reverse of Trump's

  • Sweden sees high taxes as answer to globalization threats
  • Income redistribution is key to economy success, minister says
High taxes, strong unions and an equal distribution of wealth.

That’s the recipe for success in a globalized world, according to Magdalena Andersson, the Social Democratic economist who’s also Sweden’s finance minister.

The 50-year-old has been raising taxes and spending more on welfare since winning power in 2014. She’s also overseen an economic boom, with Swedish growth rates topping 4 percent early last year, that has turned budget deficits into surpluses.

In a world still flinching from the financial crisis that hit a decade ago and the populist wave that followed, Sweden’s economic stewardship holds lessons that challenge the conventional wisdom in the U.S. on how taxes work, according to the Harvard-educated minister. Speaking in an interview in Stockholm, Andersson says success comes down to “three things:  It’s the jobs, it’s our welfare and it’s our redistribution.”

1 comment:

greg gerritt said...

The Laffer curve is laughable. The Swedish approach makes sense. Something President Toxic Dump has none of.