Economists Are Disingenuous About Sweden’s Interest Rate Slump

An economic slump or recession is considered a bad thing by economists. They point to Sweden and blame Sweden for raising its interest and causing a recession. “Bad Sweden, Bad Sweden”. But those economists are being short-sighted. They do not mention that Sweden is now doing much better than the rest of Europe. They have surpassed the rest of Europe. Is it possible that there was a good side to the recession? God forbid…


There is a sense that there is waste in the economy, but it is difficult to know exactly where. An economic slump tends to clean out inefficiencies in the economy and ultimately increase productivity. But which companies will be affected as inefficiencies get washed out is hard to predict.

Good economic medicine seeks to clean out the waste in a safe and measured way. The key would be to not rapidly hike the Fed rate. The key would be to tighten in a measured way. In the end, the economy will respond better… The Fed seems determined to raise the Fed rate just a little and they are receiving lots of criticism. But if the Fed wants to clean out some inefficiencies by lifting the Fed rate a little, would they just come out and say it? Probably not…

Yet look at Sweden after their apparent mistake of raising the interest rate. They are doing better than the rest… I look at the healthier growth afterward and I recognize the medicine of the slump to heal socially inefficient units in the economy.

If people think that the US economy is so fragile that a measured rise in the interest rate would trigger a big socially catastrophic recession, then economists are being too afraid of taking a good and measured medicine. It reminds me of a child who doesn’t want to take the medicine because of the taste. Yet many medicines are effective because of the bad taste. One example is bitters to improve digestion.

Economic slumps are a healthy part of the business cycle. They occur best in a measured way through policy. And realize, that economic sicknesses can develop if policy goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid a slump.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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