"Regular employment continues to play important role": Five questions for Peter Krause and Christian Franz

Interview of July 14, 2017

Mr. Krause, you took a close look at income groups in Germany. What did you hope to accomplish?

Peter Krause: We wanted to bring together two discussion threads in our study. One thread has to do with the long-term trend in inequality of household income distribution and the other, with changes in labor force participation. Until the mid-2000s, inequality in disposable household income increased and has plateaued on the same high level ever since. At the same time, labor force participation has risen rapidly: many more people have jobs now than 20 years ago. The question here is: how have employment types changed in the respective income groups? [...]