Tax reductions and public resources

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The report ”Tax reductions and public resources” aims to present facts concerning changes in tax revenues and public resources allocated to health care, education and social services in the 2000s.

 

The main message is that tax reductions in Sweden since the turn of the century have been accompanied by higher tax revenues in constant prices, declining government debt and increases in resources allocated to health care, education and social services. This knowledge is an important basis for continued discussions of public commitments and their financing. The combination of tax reductions and increased expenditures for health care, education and social services sets Sweden apart from most other countries in the world during this period of time.

 

Unlike in many other countries, tax reductions in Sweden have not been financed with borrowing. Resource allocations to health care, education and social services have increased since 2000 regardless of whether the resources are measured in relation to GDP or in SEK adjusted for price increases. Resources have also increased in terms of several unit cost measurements. The report is limited to describing changes in resource allocation and thus does not analyse changes in quality, which would require, among else, discussion of key efficiency aspects.

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