In search of smoking guns: What makes income inequality vary over time in different countries?

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Björn Gustafsson - University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work

Mats Johansson - Institute for Future Studies

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Social Work rorId


Information about GDP per capita; GDP growth; total public expenditure as percent of GDP; percent public consumption; gini coefficient for equivalent disposable income; percent imports from developing countries; inflation; percent social security transfers; percent unionized; percent unemployed; female labor force participation rate; percent employed in industry; percent employed in agriculture; percent employed in service sector; percent of population aged 0-14 years; percent of population aged 15-64 years; percent of population aged 65 years or more for 16 industrialized countries during the period 1966-1994.


Find the reason to why income distribution change in industrialized countries.

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Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Industrialized countries

Time Method

Time period(s) investigated

1966 – 1994



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
Geographic coverage

Lowest geographic unit


Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Social Work


  • Funding agency: Swedish Council for Social Research
Topic and keywords

Research area

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Economics (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Economic conditions and indicators (CESSDA Topic Classification)


Gustafsson, B. & Johansson, M. (1999) In search of Smoking Guns: What Makes Income Inequality Vary over Time in Different Countries?, American Sociological Review, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Aug., 1999), 585-605.

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Published: 2012-07-13
Last updated: 2019-02-06