Intergenerational Top Income Mobility in Sweden: A Combination of Equal Opportunity

21 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008

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Anders Bjorklund

Stockholm University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jesper Roine

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics

Daniel Waldenström

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: October 21, 2008

Abstract

This paper presents new evidence on intergenerational income and earnings mobility in the top of the distributions. Using a large dataset of matched father-son pairs in Sweden we are able to obtain results for fractions as small as 0.1 percent of the population. Overall, mobility is lower for incomes than for earnings and it appears to decrease the higher up in the distribution one goes. In the case of incomes, however, we find that mobility decreases dramatically within the top percentile of the population. Our results suggest that Sweden, well-known for its egalitarian achievements, is a society where equality of opportunity for a large majority of wage earners coexists with capitalistic dynasties.

Keywords: Intergenerational income mobility,Top incomes, Earnings inequality, Income inequality, Welfare state, Non-linear regression, Quantile regression

JEL Classification: D31, J62

Suggested Citation

Bjorklund, Anders and Roine, Jesper and Waldenström, Daniel, Intergenerational Top Income Mobility in Sweden: A Combination of Equal Opportunity (October 21, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1300543

Anders Bjorklund

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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