Advanced

Income Growth and Import Competition: The Case of Swedish Municipalities

Forslund, Sandra LU (2016) NEKP01 20161
Department of Economics
Abstract
Income inequalities in developed nations are increasing and the issues of cause, effect and long run implications are currently being discussed and explored by economists and policymakers around the world. This thesis adds to the discussion by exploring income growth in Sweden; a country known for its equality and egalitarian society, yet has become one of the countries
where income inequality is rising the fastest. By using the concepts of beta- and sigma convergence, this thesis shows that income growth in Sweden is positive but the distribution of income gains is being shared unequally. Furthermore, the thesis explores regional differences in income growth from the perspective of import competition using fixed effects estimation. The... (More)
Income inequalities in developed nations are increasing and the issues of cause, effect and long run implications are currently being discussed and explored by economists and policymakers around the world. This thesis adds to the discussion by exploring income growth in Sweden; a country known for its equality and egalitarian society, yet has become one of the countries
where income inequality is rising the fastest. By using the concepts of beta- and sigma convergence, this thesis shows that income growth in Sweden is positive but the distribution of income gains is being shared unequally. Furthermore, the thesis explores regional differences in income growth from the perspective of import competition using fixed effects estimation. The general find is that in the long run increased import competition is beneficial to growth. But, there appears to be an adjustment period during which the effect of import competition is negative.

Keywords: income, income inequality, endogenous growth theory, regional growth,
convergence (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Forslund, Sandra LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKP01 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Regional Growth, Income, Income Inequality, Endogenous Growth Theory, Convergence
language
English
id
8891315
date added to LUP
2016-09-12 10:57:02
date last changed
2016-09-12 10:57:02
@misc{8891315,
  abstract     = {Income inequalities in developed nations are increasing and the issues of cause, effect and long run implications are currently being discussed and explored by economists and policymakers around the world. This thesis adds to the discussion by exploring income growth in Sweden; a country known for its equality and egalitarian society, yet has become one of the countries
where income inequality is rising the fastest. By using the concepts of beta- and sigma convergence, this thesis shows that income growth in Sweden is positive but the distribution of income gains is being shared unequally. Furthermore, the thesis explores regional differences in income growth from the perspective of import competition using fixed effects estimation. The general find is that in the long run increased import competition is beneficial to growth. But, there appears to be an adjustment period during which the effect of import competition is negative.

Keywords: income, income inequality, endogenous growth theory, regional growth,
convergence},
  author       = {Forslund, Sandra},
  keyword      = {Regional Growth,Income,Income Inequality,Endogenous Growth Theory,Convergence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Income Growth and Import Competition: The Case of Swedish Municipalities},
  year         = {2016},
}