The National Wealth of Sweden, 1810-2014

39 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2015

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Daniel Waldenström

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Date Written: October 2015


This study presents a new database, the Swedish National Wealth Database (SNWD), which contains annual data on private, public and national wealth and sectoral saving rates in Sweden over the past two centuries. The paper reviews previous investigations of national wealth, compares their estimates with the new ones and discusses method approaches and measurement problems. Then the main data series are presented for assets and liabilities and their subcomponents, for the private and public domestic and foreign sectors. Complementing the traditional focus on economic flow variables in the past literature on long-run economic developments, this new database offers potentially new perspectives of a number of important issues in the modern economic history of Sweden.

Keywords: economic history, household portfolios, national wealth, pension wealth, saving

JEL Classification: E01, H31, N33, N34

Suggested Citation

Waldenström, Daniel, The National Wealth of Sweden, 1810-2014 (October 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10882, Available at SSRN:

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