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Inequality among equals: A study of women´s share of top incomes in Sweden during the 20:th century
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To gain a deeper understanding of top income earners in Sweden, we investigate women’s share of top incomes, defined as the share of women in the top percentile and their share of the top 1 percent’s income sum. Using tax register data from 1920 - 1999, we find that women’s share of the top has a U-shape with its bottom in the 1960s and a rapid increase in the early 1980s, a period that is credited with greater returns to capital in Sweden. A greater share of income from capital is what distinguishes the group of top women from the group of top men in the percentile. We have reasons to believe a relatively large share of the women are heirs and that our results are in line with a discriminating labor market.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Women, equality, top incomes, percentile, Sweden, income distribution
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256036DiVA: diva2:824364
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Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved

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