Sweden - Income, wealth and inequality - June 30, 2017

The OECD published a report that documents livings standards, earnings and wealth concentration. The country is an egalitarian society in international comparison, and has managed to combine equity with economic efficiency. Rapidly rising inequality and relative poverty from a historical low in the 1980s partly stem from ageing, changing family structures and migration. Living standards increased for all groups, but social benefits rose less than earned income. Incomes of newly-arrived immigrants and single mothers trailed the median. Bottlenecks in the migrant settlement process are costly to migrants and society. A second report looks after gender equality. Women have a high employment rate, outperform men in education and are well represented in government and parliament. Nevertheless, wage differences between genders persist and women are under-represented on private company boards.   

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