Fiscal Policy in Uncertain Times: Nordic Economic Policy Review 2024

Welcome to the launch event of the new report “Fiscal Policy in Uncertain Times”. The Global Financial Crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have had vastly negative effects on economies and increased the risk of political instability in all corners of the world. One consequence has been a renewed interest in the efficiency of conventional macroeconomic policies, fiscal policy in particular. 

This edition of the Nordic Economic Policy Review, provides a rich perspective on fiscal stabilisation in Nordic countries, highlighting different challenges in managing national economies during uncertain times. The event is organised together with the Danish Ministry of Finance. 


Programme 7 June: 

13.30-14.00: Arrival and coffee 

14.00-14.15: Opening remarks

  • Nicolai Wammen, Minister for Finance of Denmark
  • Dan Koivulaakso, Head of Department, Nordic Council of Ministers (TBC)

14.15-14.25: Introduction to report

  •  Jouku Vilmunen, Professor of Economics at Turku University and editor of this edition will introduce the report.

14.25-15.30: Fiscal Stabilisers in Denmark and Sweden

  • Fiscal Stabilisers in Denmark – Torben Andersen (DK) 
  • Developments of automatic stabilisers in Sweden 1998–2022 – Markus Sigonius (SE)
  • Q&A with both speakers and the moderator 

15.30-´15.45: Coffee break– 15 mins.

15.45-16.30: Panel Debate: Fiscal policy during uncertain times – What are the challenges facing stabilisation policy in the future?

Moderator: Sune Bjørnvig, Communications Advisor and Partner, FRIDAY & Partner

Panelists: 

  • Carl-Johan Dalgaard, Professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen and Chairman of the Danish Economic Councils (“overvismand”)
  • Benny Engelbrecht, Member of Parliament, Social Democrats, Denmark
  • Lene Werstgaard Halle, Member of Parliament, Conservatives, Norway 

The event takes place on 7 June at 14:00-16:30 CET at the Danish Finance Ministry in Copenhagen, Denmark, and online. The event is open to all stakeholders and is free of charge. Please note that registration is mandatory. Register before 4 June!

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