What can we infer from the Swedish Covid policy?

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“There’s been a great deal of discussion of what we can learn from the Covid policy adopted by Sweden. One side suggests that the Swedish outcome shows that lockdowns don’t have much impact on Covid infection rates, while the other side reaches the opposite conclusion. I’m rather skeptical about the effectiveness of lockdown policies, but I don’t entirely agree with either side of the debate over Swedish policy. … At the same time, I’ve long suspected that the Swedish government didn’t handle the epidemic very well. That requires some explanation.” (07/12/21)