Tom Scott

In Norway, Everyone Can Know How Much You Earn

Wage transparency is a strange concept for most of us: not so in some of the Nordic countries. And while Norway, Sweden and Finland differ in exactly the amount of access they give the public, fundamentally your tax return would be public knowledge there. So how does it affect the world? And is it a good idea?

Let’s look at the science and find out.

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