Case Study: Socio-economic benefits from Swedish consumption

SEI Prince case study (2021). Socio-economic benefits from Swedish consumption.


This case study attempted to balance the focus on environmental pressures with an exploration of the socio-economic benefits that consumption of imported goods by wealthier countries can have in lower-income producer countries. Its findings highlight the positive impact of consumption in Sweden on employment in China. The study values the socio-economic benefits for China of producing goods and services for Swedish consumption at 1499 million euro, resulting in around 500 000 jobs. The benefits are mainly felt by middle- and low-income people in China, and by the manufacturing, mining, leasing and hospitality sectors.