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A Decade of Tax and Benefit Reforms in Sweden - Effects on Labour Supply, Welfare and Inequality

Thomas Aronsson and Mårten Palme ()

No 18, SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics

Abstract: Sweden has experienced a sequence of tax and benefit reforms during the last decade. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate these extensive reforms from the points of view of labour supply, welfare and inequality. As a basis of the analysis, we use the household labour supply model, which is estimated using cross- section data from 1980. Simulation of the model reveals that tax and benefit reforms have led to a considerable reduction of the excess burden. Regarding inequality we are less conclusive, since these results depend on whether we define "income" as disposable income or money metric utility.

Keywords: Household labour supply; equity-efficiency tradeoff (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 J22 H24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1994-05
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Published in Economica, 1998, pages 39-67.

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