Postdoc grant: New Perspectives on Intergenerational Income Mobility and Income Distribution in Sweden

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 30/06/2012
Funding: 1360000 SEK


Project 1: Intergenerational Income Mobility in Sweden — New Estimates on New Data
The recent 15-20 years have seen an upsurge of studies on intergenerational income mobility in several countries. The main purpose of these studies has been to estimate the association in income between members of two generations in the same family, most frequently fathers and sons. Many researchers motivate this type of work as a way to measure equality of opportunity whereas a strong family association in income can be regarded as a deviation from an equality-of-opportunity norm. A critical examination of the existing studies in the intergenerational income mobility literature shows that there are several gaps to be filled when it comes to results on Swedish data.

Whereas previous studies typically started observing parental income in 1970, we can go back ten more years in time. In combination with income data up to 2007, we can offer a much richer set of estimates than has been available in the previous literature. We are also able to study how well snapshots of income over limited parts of the life-cycle are able to approximate the more long-run measures that we ideally would like to use. The aim of this study is to fill some of these gaps and provide a new set of intergenerational mobility estimates on Swedish data.

Project 2: New Perspectives on Income Distribution in Sweden
Until now, our knowledge about the distribution of disposable income in Sweden has been scarce for the period before 1975. The new study would take us as far back in time as 1960 and we are also able to exploit Statistic Sweden’s official census data (Folk och bostadsräkningarna) from the years 1960, 1965, 1970 and 1975. This allows us to separate between individual and household income and in particular to study household composition including the number of children. All together, this study can provide us with a better view of how the income distribution in Sweden has developed over time.

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