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Facts and Myths in the Popular Debate about Inequality in Sweden

Anders Björklund () and Daniel Waldenström ()
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Anders Björklund: Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University

No 1392, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics

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.

Keywords: Income distribution; Wealth distribution; Public debate (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2021-06-07
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