Poverty trends during two recessions and two recoveries: Lessons from Sweden 1991—2013

Publikationsår: 2016

Mood, Carina , Jonsson, Jan O. , Erik Bihagen

IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 5:3. DOI 10.1186/s40174-016-0051-8.



We study cross-sectional and long-term poverty in Sweden over a period spanning two recessions, and discuss changes in the policy context. We find large increases in absolute poverty and deprivation during the 1990’s recession but much smaller increases in 2008-2010. While increases in non-employment contributed to increasing poverty in the 1990’s, the temporary poverty increase 2008-2010 was entirely due to growing poverty among non-employed. Relative poverty has increased with little variation across business cycles. Outflow from poverty and long-term poverty respond quickly to macro-economic recovery, but around one percent of the working-aged are quite resistant to such improvements.