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Wealth Inequality on the Rise in Germany

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  • Joachim R. Frick
  • Markus M. Grabka

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Individual net wealth in Germany totaled an average of around 88,000 Euros at the beginning of 2007 which was about 10 percent higher than in 2002. Decisive for this development was an increase in monetary wealth as well as wealth from private insurance. In connection with the overall quite unequal division of wealth, the median i.e., the value which separates the richest 50 per cent of the population from the poorest, continues to be only around 15,000 Euros. Nonetheless, around two thirds of the population of 17 years of age and above did not possess any or very little monetary and material wealth. So, on the whole, wealth inequality in Germany has continued to increase since 2002. Within the scope of this development, the wealth inequalities which already existed between West and East Germany have further increased since 2002, which has primarily been as a result of the decreasing market value of property in East Germany. Reforms of the state system providing for old age demand a reinforcement of private and company pension plans. Here, private asset accumulation through investment in owner-occupied properties and regular savings activity-also government sponsored-has particular significance in the maintenance of living standards after retirement.

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Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal Weekly Report.

Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 62-73

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Keywords: Wealth Inequality; Mobility; Composition; SOEP;

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Cited by:
  1. Peichl, Andreas & Pestel, Nico, 2011. "Multidimensional Affluence: Theory and Applications to Germany and the US," IZA Discussion Papers 5926, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Frick, Joachim R. & Grabka, Markus M., 2009. "Accounting for Imputed and Capital Income Flows in Income Inequality Analyses," IZA Discussion Papers 4634, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Skopek, Nora & Buchholz, Sandra & Blossfeld, Hans-Peter, 2011. "Wealth inequality in Europe and the delusive egalitarianism of Scandinavian countries," MPRA Paper 35307, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Andreas Peichl & Nico Pestel, 2010. "Multidimensional Measurement of Richness: Theory and an Application to Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 295, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  5. Thomas Goda, 2014. "Global trends in relative and absolute wealth concentrations," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO CIEF, UNIVERSIDAD EAFIT 010897, UNIVERSIDAD EAFIT.

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