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Swedish Income Distribution and Wealth Concentration 1900-1985: The interconnection between data and contemporary news outlets
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2017 (English)Student paper second term, 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper holds a study of Swedish inequality from 1900-1985 with specific focus on the half-decades of 1900-1905 and 1980-1985. Subsequently constructed data and contemporary news outlets are presented to develop further understanding upon how inequality was depicted in comparison to data. Through a comparison of the time-periods, the developed understanding and changed stance of the public on the issue of inequality is examined. This method of examination gives new insight upon how the widening knowledge of inequality during the 1900s, through the development of micro-economic measurements, as well as more complete tax returns, has affected the depiction of the issue. The results of the study suggest that news articles of the latter period (1980-1985), tend to be more data-based than during the former time-period, where general assumptions were more frequent. It additionally suggests that the decreased inequality over the 20th century did not lessen the discussion of inequality, but rather the opposite. The news articles furthermore do not discuss inequality in relation to the presented data - the long-term changes are not clearly stated in the news outlets - but are in conclusion unconsciously considered, through the general knowledge of current inequality, through tax levels etc.

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2017. , p. 27
Keywords [en]
Income distribution, inequality, capital concentration, 20th century, 1900s, long-term development, data, income, wealth, distribution, top decile, top percentile, 1900-1905, 1980-1985
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325495DiVA, id: diva2:1114884
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Available from: 2017-06-26 Created: 2017-06-26 Last updated: 2017-06-26Bibliographically approved

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