Income- and gender equality under the microscope
In Sweden, in contrast to other countries, the wealth is more evenly distributed thanks to inheritance. This is the gist of an article by Mikael Elinder, Oscar Erixson and Daniel Waldenström, IFN, in the latest issue of Ekonomisk Debatt. "Somewhat surprisingly, we find that inheritance tax increased wealth inequality" the researchers write. In the same issue of Ekonomisk Debatt Johanna Rickne, affiliated to IFN, and Olle Folke, Uppsala University, show that promotion to a top job often lead to divorce for women but not for men. "Our results indicate that promotions trigger divorce when it is contrary to earlier expectations, and social norms, relative to certain levels of paid and unpaid household work," the researchers write.