Swedish Social Model
Lecture by Professor Dominique Anxo
On Tuesday 12th March, Céreq hosted Dominique Anxo, professor in economics at the Department of Economics and Statistics School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Sweden. M. Anxo carries out research on labour economics, industrial relations, gender economics, time allocation and evaluation of employment and labour market policy, both at the national and international level. He has also been involved in various research projects related to life course issues. He is currently taking part in a project called "Beyond retirement: stayers on the labour market".
Prof. Anxo focused on the factors fostering the strength and resilience of the Swedish Social Model. He explained that it relies mainly on a common endeavour of institutions, citizen involvement, public and economic policies to sustain an egalitarian model of society, as illustrated by the high minimum wages, a strong wage compression, one of the world's highest education level, a broad social protection system and extended social dialogue.
Furthermore, as an exporting country, Sweden had sound finances and was able to carry out counter-cyclical keynesian measures to boost its economy after the 2008 financial crisis. As a consequence, the crisis negative effects were more rapidly assimilated than in most OECD countries.
Recent publications :
Anxo, D. (2018), Decent Work for All: The Crucial Role of Flexicurity and the Swedish Industrial Relations System, Economia & lavoro, issue 1, p. 19-32. [Download]
Anxo, D. (2016), Upskilling to avoid jobs' polarisation and growing income inequalities : the Swedish experience, Economia & Lavoro, issue 2, p. 13-24. [Download]
Anxo, D. (2014), The Swedish Welfare State in Times of Crisis: Resilience and Success, Economia & lavoro, issue 2, p. 9-30. [Download]