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Nordic exceptionalism? Social democratic egalitarianism in world-historic perspective

Authors
  • Fochesato, Mattia
  • Bowles, Samuel1, 2, 3
  • 1 University of Siena
  • 2 Department of Economics and Statistics
  • 3 Santa Fe Institute
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Public Economics
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Accepted Date
Mar 02, 2014
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2014.03.001
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

•We measure material wealth inequality over 3 millennia and across economic systems.•Nordic economies are not exceptionally egalitarian by this measure•Nor are they not exceptionally egalitarian in the distribution of schooling.•Intergenerational mobility and equality in living standards distinguish the Nordic economies•Closest to the Nordic model are hunter–gatherer and horticulturalist economies

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