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Why Do Swedes in America Earn Far More than Swedes in Sweden?

gil422 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 8:31 AM
I agree with the points made but I don't believe the incomes of Swedish in Sweden vs. the US are a great evidence to support them. I would expect the incomes to be higher in the US for the following reasons: 1. It probably takes an above-average income to start with to actually relocate from Sweden to the US. 2. Would they leave their homeland if the financial prospects weren't better ? Some might, but I'd guess most would not. 3. There would be few low-income people coming seeking welfare-type benefits (since the benefits they would be leaving are likely greater) and more high-income earners looking to excape taxes. 4. Tiger's ex and the divorce settlement provbably skew the data. (She is Swedish, isn't she?)
David4 Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 12:06 PM
Dan Mitchell points to the should-be-obvious, that most Swedes in America and Swedish-Americans came to America in the 19th century. gil442's point #1 goes by the wayside because most Swedish immigrants in the 19th century were very hard up; Goteborg (Sweden's #2 city) was called "Europe's poorhouse" in the 19th century.

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