Here’s a diagram from a recent paper (pdf) on the Swedish distribution of income. It shows that the kinds of income distribution through time that Andrew Leigh and Anthony Atkinson came up with for Australia and NZ are typical of most western countries. It also shows that you can lean pretty successfully against the wind – as the Swedes have. And also that you can lean pretty ineffectively against the wind – like the French have. I’ve asked the authors of the paper for a better resolution picture – but I think it’s fairly clear even in it’s somewhat foggy state.
Share of income going to the highest percentile of income earners.