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Political preferences for redistribution in Sweden
Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnaeus University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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Abstract [en]

We examine preferences for redistribution inherent in Swedish tax policy 1971–2012using the inverse optimal tax approach. The income distribution is carefully characterizedwith the help of administrative register data and we employ behavioral elasticities reflectingthe perceived distortionary effects of taxation. The revealed social welfare weights are highfor non-workers, small for low-income earners, and hump-shaped around the median. Atthe top, they are always negative, especially so during the high-tax years of the 1970s and80s. The weights on non-workers increased sharply in the 1970s fell drastically in the late80s/early 90s, and have since then increased.

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Uppsala, 2016. , 44 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2016:13
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redistribution, social welfare weights, optimal taxation, inverse optimal taxation, social preferences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307138OAI: diva2:1045358
Available from: 2016-11-09 Created: 2016-11-09 Last updated: 2016-11-11Bibliographically approved

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