Working Paper No. 505

How Can Economic Policy Strike a Balance between Economic Efficiency and Income Equality?

Published: September 25, 1998Pages: 39Keywords: Income; Economic growth; WealthJEL-codes: E20; E25; O47;

How Can Economic Policy Strike a Balance between Economic Efficiency and Income Equality? Assar Lindbeck


Can income equality be combined with high economic efficiency and rapid economic growth? Fortunately, we need not to answer such a general question. Indeed, the question is poorly phrased. The relationship between income and wealth distribution, on one hand, and efficiency/growth, on the other, depends on how a certain distribution of income and wealth has come about.

Assar Lindbeck

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Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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