Just as the Obama administration takes over another once‐great American company, Sweden is busy privatizing. As the Christian Science Monitor reported recently:
Last week, the country’s center‐right government began selling off state‐owned pharmacies, one of the country’s few remaining nationalized companies, as part of an ambitious program of liberal economic reforms started in 2006. In the same week, a study by the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board revealed that almost half of the country’s jobless lacked full unemployment benefits. Many opted out of the state scheme when the cost of membership was raised last year; others were ineligible.
State pensions, schools, healthcare, public transport, and post offices have been fully or partly privatized over the last decade, making Sweden one of the most free market orientated economies in the world, analysts say.
Please, President Obama, send Larry Summers to Sweden to get some new ideas for economic reform.