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Höhepunkt der Einkommensungleichheit in Deutschland überschritten?

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  • Markus M. Grabka
  • Jan Goebel
  • Jürgen Schupp

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New analyses of personal income distribution in Germany, based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), show that real market income in private households rose significantly from 2005 to 2010. An increase in real disposable income was also observed. At the same time, the disparity in income distribution decreased in both western and eastern Germany. However, the latter showed a further spread at the lower end of disposable income distribution. In the course of this development, the poverty risk in western Germany fell slightly from 2009 to 2010, while it remained unchanged in the eastern part of the country. Neue Analysen zur personellen Einkommensverteilung in Deutschland auf Basis der Daten des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP) zeigen, dass die realen Markteinkommen der privaten Haushalte von 2005 bis 2010 deutlich gestiegen sind. Auch bei den realen verfügbaren Einkommen ist ein Zuwachs zu verzeichnen. Parallel dazu hat die Ungleichheit in der Verteilung der Einkommen sowohl in Westdeutschland als auch in Ostdeutschland abgenommen, für Ostdeutschland ist jedoch bei den verfügbaren Einkommen eine weitere Spreizung im unteren Teil der Verteilung zu beobachten. Im Zug dieser Entwicklung ist das Armutsrisiko in Westdeutschland von 2009 auf 2010 leicht gefallen, während es im Ostteil des Landes unverändert blieb.

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  • Markus M. Grabka & Jan Goebel & Jürgen Schupp, 2012. "Höhepunkt der Einkommensungleichheit in Deutschland überschritten?," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 79(43), pages 3-15.
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    Keywords

    Income inequality; Poverty risk; SOEP;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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