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No 2008:4:
Intergenerational public and private sector redistribution in Sweden 2003

Charlotte Forsell (), Daniel Hallberg (), Thomas Lindh () and Gustav Öberg ()

Abstract: We describe intergenerational redistribution in Sweden the year 2003. The high Swedish tax ratio of around 50-60 percent of GDP per capita is partly explained by every individual getting a lot back in terms of transfers and part in government consumption. Another reason is that most transfers are taxed, which results in double counting some tax payments. Here we attempt to correct the age profile of net tax payment for these effects and compare these to the gross profiles. On a per capita basis we find, using this netting, that the mean age of tax payers drops from 55 to 48 and that the taxes paid falls by 23.2 percent. We also look at age profiles of private and public consumption, and net private consumption, i.e., the difference between private disposable income and private consumption. We find that private net redistribution flows mainly from middle and old age to young ages, while net public transfers flow to both young and old.

Keywords: Intergenerational; redistribution; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: H23; J10; (follow links to similar papers)

21 pages, March 2008

ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN: 978-91-85619-23-8

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