Rising Swedish bank wages do not reflect rising talent, Riksbank paper finds

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Sveriges Riksbank

Swedish banks are paying sharply higher wages now compared with 20 years ago, but it is not because they are demanding dramatically more talented workers, according to a working paper published today (December 10) by Sveriges Riksbank.

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