Income Inequality in the Nordic Countries – How do we handle it?

Recent decades have seen a strong trend towards increasing income inequalities in all advanced economies. Although the Nordic countries have traditionally been characterized by low income dispersion, they have also been exposed to this trend.

The 2018 Nordic Economic Policy Review Conference takes place in Copenhagen on 26 October and focuses os issues related to income inequalities in the Nordic countries. The conference will be chaired by Claus Thustrup Kreiner, University of Copenhagen.

Key issues that will be analysed are:

How do income inequality in the Nordic countries relate to the international trend?
Which similarities and differences in developments of income inequality are there among the Nordic countries? How have policies responded to increasing income differentials?
What are the implications of demographic changes, such as an ageing population and migration, for income inequality?
How much can – and should – tax and benefit policies do in order to even out income differentials? What can, and should, education policy do?
How important is the gender dimension for income distribution developments?

At the conference, preliminary versions of papers commissioned for the 2018 issue of the Nordic Economic Policy Review, will be presented and discussed. The issue is edited by professor Lars Calmfors, Stockholm University and professor Jesper Roine, Stockholm School of Economics. The papers are written by leading international and Nordic scholars in the field. They will be commented by both policy makers and academic colleagues. The conference will also include a panel discussion on income distribution policies with participation of policy makers.

Full programme and registration available here:

The Nordic Economic Policy Review was launched by the Nordic Ministers of Finance in 2009. The review aims to make the latest economic research more accessible to decision makers and contribute to Nordic knowledge exchange on economic policy issues and challenges. The review is produced by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordregio.