OECD Economic Surveys: Sweden

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OECD’s periodic surveys of the Swedish economy. Each edition surveys the major challenges faced by the country, evaluates the short-term outlook, and makes specific policy recommendations. Special chapters take a more detailed look at specific challenges. Extensive statistical information is included in charts and graphs.

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30 Mar 2015
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This OECD Economic Survey of Sweden examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. Special chapters cover growth and skills.

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  • Basic statistics of Sweden, 2013

    This Survey is published on the responsibility of the Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC) of the OECD, which is charged with the examination of the economic situation of member countries.The economic situation and policies of Sweden were reviewed by the Committee on 16 February 2015. The draft report was then revised in the light of the discussions and given final approval as the agreed report of the whole Committee on 3 March 2015.The Secretariat’s draft report was prepared for the Committee by Christophe André and Jon Pareliussen, with contributions from Margherita Bussi, under the supervision of Vincent Koen. Research assistance was provided by Thomas Chalaux and Clara García. Secretarial assistance was provided by Nadine Dufour and Mercedes Burgos.The previous Survey of Sweden was issued in December 2012.Information about the latest as well as previous Surveys and more information about how Surveys are prepared is available at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys.

  • Executive summary
  • Assessment and recommendations
  • Progress in structural reform

    This annex summarises key recommendations made in previous Surveys and actions taken since the OECD Economic Survey on Sweden published in December 2012.

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    • Strengthening the foundations for growth

      Productivity growth, which is key to sustaining competitiveness and high employment, has slowed in recent years. This reflects cyclical but also structural factors, notably the increasing role of services, heightened international competition and the exhaustion of gains from previous deregulation. Barriers to competition and entrepreneurship remain high in some areas, including regulatory procedures regarding licences and permits, and land-use planning. Bottlenecks appear in road and rail transport. Public support for innovation is strong but remains fragmented and faces the challenge of adapting to an economy in which services and SMEs play a growing role. The government has recently set up an Innovation Council to identify obstacles to innovation and improve co-ordination between policies and actors.

    • Skills and inclusive growth

      A highly skilled workforce is crucial to sustain competitiveness and contain the rise in income inequality. Recent surveys of adult skills and educational performance suggest that younger cohorts are doing less well than their predecessors. Many immigrants struggle both in school and in the labour market partly because of low skills and language difficulties. Educational outcomes could be improved through raising the attractiveness of the teacher profession, improving teacher education and increasing support for struggling students. A more flexible labour market would facilitate access to jobs for youth with low qualifications and immigrants.

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