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On Household Wealth Trends in Sweden over the 1990s

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  • Klevmarken, N. Anders

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Influenced by a major tax reform in the beginning of the 1990s and by the exceptional boom in the stock market at the end of this decade the level as well as the inequality of the wealth of Swedish households have increased. The large baby-boom cohorts of the 1940s have been successful in accumulating wealth and they also have large claims on the public pension system. The implicit wealth in the form of these claims dominates private wealth in most Swedish households, and in this paper it is argued that private life-cycle savings have been small in Sweden. Most of these savings have been done though the public pension systems. However, concern about the future viability of the pension systems has probably increased private life-cycle savings in the 1990s.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2003:24.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 23 Sep 2003
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Publication status: Published in International Perspectives on Household Wealth, Wolff, Edward N. (eds.), 2006, pages 276-294, Edward Elgar Publ. Ltd, UK.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2003_024

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Keywords: Distribution of wealth; tax reform; pension wealth; age-cohort effects;

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  1. Per-Anders Edin & Bertl Holmlund, 1993. "The Swedish Wage Stucture: The Rise and Fall of Solidarity Wage Policy?," NBER Working Papers 4257, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Klevmarken, N. Anders, 2002. "Swedish Pension Reforms in the 1990s," Working Paper Series 2002:6, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  3. Richard B. Freeman & Lawrence F. Katz, 1995. "Differences and Changes in Wage Structures," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number free95-1.
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  1. Aronsson, Thomas & Blomquist, Sören, 2004. "Redistribution and Provision of Public Goods in an Economic Federation," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 636, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  2. Sören Blomquist & Vidar Christiansen, 2008. "Taxation and Heterogeneous Preferences," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 64(2), pages 218-244, June.
  3. James B. Davies & Susanna Sandström & Anthony Shorrocks & Edward N. Wolff, 2011. "The Level and Distribution of Global Household Wealth," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 121(551), pages 223-254, March.
  4. Brian Nolan & Gosta Esping-Andersen & Christopher T. Whelan & Bertrand Maitre, 2010. "The Role of Social Institutions in Inter-Generational Mobility," Working Papers 201018, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  5. Martin W johansson & Mattias Persson, 2007. "Swedish households' indebtedness and ability to pay: a household level study," IFC Bulletins chapters, in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Proceedings of the IFC Conference on "Measuring the financial position of the household sector", Basel, 30-31 August 2006 - Volume 2, volume 26, pages 234-248 Bank for International Settlements.

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