SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Rolf Aaberge, Anders Björklund, Markus Jäntti, Mårten Palme
Income Inequality and Income Mobility in the Scandinavian Countries Compared to the United States
(), Peder Pedersen, Nina Smith and Tom Wennemo
Abstract: This paper compares income inequality and income mobility
in the Scandinavian countries and the United States during the 1980s. The
results demonstrate that inequality is greater in the United states than in
the Scandinavian countries and that the ranking of countries with respect
to inequality remains unchanged when the accounting period of income is
extended from one to 11 years. The pattern of mobility turns out to be
remarkably similar despite major differences in labor market and social
policies between the Scandinavian countries and the United States.
Keywords: Income distribution; earnings mobility; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D31; J31; (follow links to similar papers)
33 pages, February 1996, Revised August 2002
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Aaberge, Rolf, Anders Björklund, Markus Jantti, Mårten Palme, Peder Pedersen, Nina Smith and Tom Wennemo, 'Income Inequality and Income Mobility in the Scandinavian Countries Compared to the United States', Review of Income and Wealth.
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