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Long-Run Changes in the Concentration of Wealth: An Overview of Recent Findings

The objective of this paper is to study the dynamics of the wealth distribution over the path of economic development. More specifically, we are interested in distinguishing between changes which seem to be country specific and characteristics shared by all countries. A historical account of the evolution of the wealth distribution in developed countries is interesting in itself, but it can also hold implications for countries that are currently in an early stage of development or in transition. The data used originates from the taxation of wealth and estates.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Research Paper
Volume:
2006/103
Title:
Long-Run Changes in the Concentration of Wealth: An Overview of Recent Findings
Authors:
Henry Ohlsson, Jesper Roine, and Daniel Waldenström
Publication date:
September 2006
ISSN Web:
1810-2611
ISBN Web:
9291908878
ISBN 13 Web:
9789291908875
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2006
Keywords:
wealth concentration, wealth distribution, inequality, income distribution, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
JEL:
D31, H2, J3, N3
Project:
Personal Assets from a Global Perspective
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency-Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
online
 
This paper has also been translated into Chinese and is published in the journal Comparative Studies, 2007, issue 33 (November): 117-138.
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