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In one way I agree you're right, but I think the more important reason is the lessons of the early 90's crisis. As PM Göran Persson said, he never again would allow that the leader in Sweden would have to go to Wall Street, cap in hand, and beg for loans from smirking 20-somethings. A bit like how those who got burned during the 30's often never ever borrowed money again. With strict budget discpline, all would be well. And to tell the truth, it has all worked very well, helped by a 6% CA surplus and a floating exchange rate. The only problem is the real estate bubble. We'll see how bad that turns out. And even if it does turn out badly, due to our budget discipline and the state saving money in the good times, Sweden is one of the few states around that can spend freely in the bad times without getting into economic/political problems.

Still, your point is relevant, in that the Euro would never have worked unless there were strict budget discipline and large budget surpluses during the good times, as the interest rate weapon would work much less efficiently during the bad times, and fiscal stimulus becomes very problematic in a common currency area unless your government debt is initially very low. Maybe the cap should have been set not at 60% of GDP, but at 30%? Then we would have no EZ at the moment, as Germany would not have managed to reach 30% yet. Seems like a good outcome to me... No caps on deficits, hard caps on debt ratios which were to be waived in the event of local asymmetric shocks..

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Dec 15th, 2011 at 03:44:14 AM EST
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