Public opinion about social assistance in Sweden 1985

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Björn Gustafsson - University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work

Renato Aguilar - University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics rorId


The questions about social assistance included opinions on how much money per month adults and children in different age groups needs, the level of assistance that should be given for each additional child as compared to the level of assistance attributed to the first child, and level of assistance compared to the level of old-age pension. The respondents were asked if they believed that their own family was entitled to social assistance, and what they would do if there would not be enough money for food and rent. Background variables included information on marital status, age, existence of children in the family, type of neighbourhood, education, labour force status, socio-economic status, and monthly disposable income.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16 and older

Time Method

Time period(s) investigated

1985-05-01 – 1985-06-30



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1985-05-01 – 1985-06-30
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Economics

Funding 1

  • Funding agency: Swedish Council for Social Research

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Delegationen för social forskning
Topic and keywords

Research area

Social welfare policy (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Social work (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


Aguilar, R., & Gustafsson, B. (1988) Public Opinion about Social Assistance in Sweden. European Journal of Political Research, 16:251-276.

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Published: 1996-06-18
Last updated: 2019-02-06