Inheritance and wealth inequality: Evidence from population registers

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Elinder, Mikael; Erixson, Oscar; Waldenström, Daniel;
  • Publisher: Stockholm: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.06.012
  • Subject: D63 | Wealth distribution | bequest; estate; net worth; inheritance taxation; wealth distribution | Estates | E21 | Net worth | Bequests | H24 | Economics | Nationalekonomi | Inheritance taxation
    • jel: jel:E21 | jel:D63 | jel:H24
      ddc: ddc:330

This paper uses population register data on inheritances and wealth in Sweden to estimate the causal impact of inheritances on wealth inequality. We find that inheritances reduce wealth inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient or top wealth shares, but that they ... View more
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