Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1392: 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
Daniel Waldenström: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: D31; D33

21 pages, June 7, 2021

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