Germany - Documentary (and studies) about inequality - May 31, 2016

According to the Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), companies are booming yet wages are stagnating. Several studies reveal that the share of middle-class individuals in the total population sank by more than five percent between 1991 and 2013. The ‘middle class’ comprises all adults whose total household income—before taxes and social security contributions—falls between 67 and 200 percent of the median, which separates the higher-income half from the lower-income half of the population. High-income individuals’ share in total income, increased to 33 percent by 2010, up from 22 percent in 1991 to 31 percent in 2013. In contrast, the share of the middle class in the total income decreased by around ten percentage points after 1991, down from roughly 68 percent. A very instructive online documentary sketches out what is causing the increasing disparity between income levels.

English: http://www.dw.com/en/how-socially-just-is-germany …  

German: http://link.springer.com/article …  

A comparative report (Germany and US): https://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail …  

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