Income Distribution Among Those of 65 Years and Older in Sweden

43 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2012

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Gabriella Sjögren Lindquist

Stockholm University

Eskil Wadensjo

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS)

Abstract

The population of Sweden is ageing and the number of pensioners is increasing. This means that the incomes of older people and the income differences between older and younger people and among pensioners have become more important in terms of public debate and research. In this paper, we examine the income distribution of those 65 years and older. The income differences among both men and women have increased among those of 65-74 years and older since 1982. Women generally have lower incomes and pensions than men. Foreign born persons generally have lower incomes and pensions compared to natives. This difference has increased, especially with regard to those coming from non-OECD countries. Among those with low pensions, women, the foreign born and those who have been self-employed are overrepresented. Many who retire have large amount of net wealth, especially in the form of property (houses, apartments).

Keywords: older workers, retirement, pension, income inequality

JEL Classification: J14, D31, H55

Suggested Citation

Lindquist, Gabriella Sjögren and Wadensjo, Eskil, Income Distribution Among Those of 65 Years and Older in Sweden. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6745, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2119052 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2119052

Gabriella Sjögren Lindquist (Contact Author)

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

HOME PAGE: http://www.sofi.su.se/~gsj/

Eskil Wadensjo

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10F
SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS) ( email )

SE-106 91 Stockholm
Stockholm
Sweden

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