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Facts and Myths in the Popular Debate about Inequality in Sweden

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  • Björklund, Anders

    (Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University)

  • Waldenström, Daniel

    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

Abstract

This paper presents a critical assessment of the public debate on income and wealth inequality in Sweden. We scrutinize ten often-heard claims in the debate by contrasting them against facts in available databases and results in the research literature. The paper also addresses specific measurement problems in the Swedish income statistics and suggests possible ways to handle them.

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  • Björklund, Anders & Waldenström, Daniel, 2021. "Facts and Myths in the Popular Debate about Inequality in Sweden," Working Paper Series 1392, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    Keywords

    Income distribution; Wealth distribution; Public debate;
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    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution

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