Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too
In America, many Democrats invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most Republicans fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the ...more
(and 100 percent renewable energy)
"In Norway, you have the freedom to fail without becoming a failure." 9
"The crime rate is very low, partly because societies with high equality tend to experience less crime." 9
"Borrowing a 1995 Dutch concept called "flexicurity" the ...more
1. High level of employment, which together with
2. High level of taxation, provides money for
3. High level of services for everyone, including universal health care, free childcare and parental leave, subsidised transport ...more
Is the Nordic approach truly that hard to scale? Considering just two of the core variables that drive productivity, you want all citizens to be healthy and educated. This is where you should allocate your funds and reduce barriers. Also agreeable on left and right, I would hope.
As for style of the book, a bit more empirical work would have served me well.
What is so interesting about this book is just how possible it seems putting in place an economic system like this ...more
As the book shows, it wasn't always like this. Th ...more
Lakey's recommendations for the US seem naive and somewhat "pie in the sky". He d ...more
The 2016 book “Viking Economics” by George Lakey should dispel that arrogance and unwillingness to learn. East to read and using firsthand knowledge and wide research (36 pages of notes), Lakey's book shows that economic practices in Scandinavian countries should be considered in the U.S. bec ...more
On any measure of economic performance the economies of the so called “socialist” Scandinavian countries, (Demark, Iceland, Norway & Sweden), match or outperform those of the hard capitalist countries of the Anglosphere. For example, according to the World Bank the countries rank between 8th (Norway) and 17th (Sweden) by the average income per person adjusted for purchase price parity. (This list is a little polluted...more
1. The framing device (i.e. "vikings!") gets tiresome really quick, and is just distracting.
2. Too little attention is paid to the differences in political institutions between Nordic countries and places like the US/UK. It's discussed some, obviously, but there's little discussion of, for example, the fact that American political institutions are loaded with veto points, which was always going to make it harder to ...more
Lakey details the political and economic workings of Nordic countries in this book. While there is discussion on Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland, the majority of the focus is on Norway due to his personal ties and experiences in that country, though he himself is an American.
In the book he tackles issues ranging from banking to public education, taxation, and social issues. While he discusses past failures in Nordic countrie ...more
They are ev ...more
very readable, but unfortunately skin-deep. no in-depth exposition of policies, no meaningful examples of these policies being successful ...more
Bookmarked quote: "In their book [Spirit Level, by British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett], the authors assemble peer-reviewed data from the world's richest countries. They find that inequali ...more