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Press Release, 01 Feb 2016

DIW Berlin experts estimate annual value of inheritances and gifts to be between 200 and 300 billion euros – high levels of inequality due to heavy concentration of wealth and largely tax-free transfers of big businesses – experts recommend reducing tax privileges and imposing limited... more

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Report, 28 Jan 2016

by Stefan Bach and Andreas Thiemann Compared to the rest of Europe, Germany exhibits an especially high concentration of wealth. According to estimates based on a microsimulation model, a German wealth tax could generate an estimated ten to 20 billion euros per year in revenue—even with... more

Alex Loban (Copyright)  Auto PKW Wagen
Interview, 28 Jan 2016

Dr. Bach, what is the real net worth of German households and how is this wealth distributed? German households have a real net worth of 8.6 trillion euros. This massive wealth is very highly concentrated and is equivalent to around two and a half times the country’s GDP. We estimate that... more

Volker Rauch (Copyright)  Westend Frankfurt am
Report, 21 Jan 2016

by Elke Holst and Anja Kirsch In 2015, the share of women in the top decision-making bodies of the financial sector increased once again but men remain in the overwhelming majority and thus continue to call the shots. At the end of 2015, women made up just under eight percent of executive board... more

Marcin Balcerzak (Copyright)  Zuh ren Anh
Press Release, 20 Jan 2016

Researchers analyzed more than 500 companies – some are setting a good example, while others are lagging behind – vast majority of companies have yet to meet the 30-percent quota for women on supervisory boards A balanced representation of women and men in Germany’s corporate... more

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by Stefan Bach, Andreas Thiemann, in DIW Economic Bulletin

Every year in Germany, an estimated 200 to 300 billion euros is gifted or inherited. Due to the extremely unequal distribution of wealth, these capital transfers are also highly concentrated. Approximately half of all transfers are less worth than 50,000 euros. Transfers of over 500,000 euros were received by one and a half percent of beneficiaries, accounting for one-third of the total transfer volume. The 0.08 percent of cases with transfers of over five million euros received 14 percent of the transfer volume and more than half of corporate transfers, which are currently largely exempt from inheritance tax. Abolishing tax concessions could considerably increase the tax base of inheritance tax in the longer term. This would make it possible to reduce tax rates to a level that avoids placing a greater burden on family businesses.

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