Recent Developments in Danish Inequality

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This paper is based on Danish register data describing individual-level income between 1984 and 2016 and argues that whether focusing on the cross-sectional or panel data dimension matters crucially for the resulting growth statistics. When investigating the cross-sectional dimension - as most international studies are usually limited by their data to do - the analysis shows that real incomes have increased by far more for the top parts of the distributions. When instead utilizing the panel dimension t h e pattern is reversed, such that it is the individuals who h ad the lowest incomes in 1984, who are the ones that experienced the highest income growth rates during the 32-year period. Together the two analyses compliment each other and offer important information for policymakers, as they suggest that although inequality has increased between 1984 and 2016 a person's relative placement in the income distribution may not persist throughout his lifetime.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposium i anvendt statistik : 27.-28. januar 2020
EditorsPeter Linde
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherØkonomisk Institut, Københavns Universitet og Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9788798937005
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event42. Symposium i Anvendt Statistik - Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 27 Jan 202028 Jan 2020
Conference number: 42


Conference42. Symposium i Anvendt Statistik
LocationAarhus Universitet
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