The Swedish Pension System and the Economic Crisis

Annika Sundén

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • The economic crisis has posed a ‘stress test’ for the automatic benefit adjustments in Sweden’s pension system.
  • Slow wage growth and a collapse in equity values triggered a first-time benefit cut for 2010.
  • Policymakers have revised the automatic adjustments, however, to moderate the decline.
  • Thus, even automatic adjustments may be affected by political considerations