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The Evolution of Income Inequality During the Rise of the Swedish Welfare State 1951 to 1973

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  • Björklund, Anders

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    (SOFI, Stockholm University)

  • Palme, Mårten

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    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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We analyse the change in family gross income inequality between 1951 and 1973. We use two new samples of the Swedish population from 1951 and 1956 containing tax register data, and compare the results with those obtained from the Swedish Level of Living survey from 1967 and 1973. Gini coefficients, four different Generalised entropy measures as well as decile group shares of total income are calculated. We also do two different decompositions: one between different demographic groups and one between the male and female component of family income. Finally, we examine to what extent zero family income records really reflect low economic welfare by using interview data from the 1968 Swedish Level of Living Survey.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 0450.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jun 2001
Date of revision: 07 Jun 2001
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0450

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Keywords: Income distribution; Household income;

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  1. Cowell, Frank A., 1989. "Sampling variance and decomposable inequality measures," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 27-41, September.
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  1. Roine, Jesper & Waldenström, Daniel, 2006. "The Evolution of Top Incomes in an Egalitarian Society: Sweden, 1903–2004," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 625, Stockholm School of Economics.
  2. Tregenna, F., 2009. "The Relationship Between Unemployment and Earnings Inequality in South Africa," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0907, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

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