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Martin Liby Troein: The Swedish middle class do not agree at all to disappear

There is a picture of the middle class is gröpas out. A plethora of jobs with good conditions and good pay are either taken over by robots or shipped to China. What remains is, on the one hand, a bulging prekariat of Foodora bid, and, on the other, well-paid managers, consultants, and computer scientists.

In a particularly välargumenterad report from the socialist think tank Arena Idea beats Michael Tåhlin, professor of sociology at the Stockholm university, dispels the myth of an increasingly polarised labour market (DN Debate 13/5).

the Middle class disappearing, it is changing.

Tåhlin shows that what has happened is that male-dominated jobs in manufacturing have been replaced by female ditto in the service sector, particularly health and social care. The last is, admittedly, something better paid, but the latter requires higher qualifications and better conditions for further development. In good condition, both have two.

To say that one is better than the other is not. The middle class disappearing, it is changing.

to the type of work that increases the most are those that require high qualifications and has the best paid. They represent more than 25 percent of the jobs, 35 years ago only 15.

in General, it is not, therefore, a more polarized, without an upgraded labour market.

the disappearance of the middle class is often set in a larger drama. In there are the baddies of the digitalization, globalization and deregulation. Together, they have increased inequality and created a Sweden which, so to speak, is about to break.

Probably have a big shift occurred in the Swedish economy in recent decades. This includes that the differences have increased. But also that all income groups have received more in his pay envelope. Thus, it is not so much about the deterioration as a change. Or, perhaps more improvement.

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