Regional Inequalities in Sweden 1985-2014

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Title Regional Inequalities in Sweden 1985-2014
Author Håkansson, Peter Gladoic ; Andersson, Magnus
Research Centre Institute for Urban Research
Editor Håkansson, Peter Gladoic ; Bohman, Helena
Date 2019
English abstract
The aim of this chapter is to investigate regional inequality and centralization tendencies in Sweden. For this, we use official data from Statistics Sweden on house prices and employment. The data is on the municipality level and covers the period 1985-2014. The research question then becomes, in relation to employment and house prices, which municipalities have gained and which have lost during this period? The time period has been divided into three subperiods that reflect different phases in the process of economic structural change. Two major economic crises are used to signal the end and the start of new structural phases in the Swedish economy. The study uses two dimensions of local economy: employment rates and house prices in municipalities in relation to the national mean. The results indicate increasing divergence between Swedish municipalities over the period. However, the magnitude of the divergence differs within the studied period. Particularly, when it comes to house prices, the third subperiod (2009-2014) shows increasing divergence between Stockholm and Gothenburg in relation to Malmö and the rest of country. Further, when we study the two dimensions simultaneously in accordance with our model, the number of municipalities with above-national-mean employment rates and house prices decreases over time. In the last period, 2009-2014, municipalities with means above the national mean are concentrated in urban agglomerations mainly located close to Sweden’s three largest cities.
Publisher Emerald
Host/Issue Investigating Spatial Inequalities : Mobility, Housing and Employment in Scandinavia and South-East Europe
ISBN 9781789739428
Language eng (iso)
Subject Regional inequality
urban-rural divide
agglomerations
structural change
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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