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Wealth-Holders at the Top (WATT): An Interdisciplinary Research Network

How much do Germany’s top wealth holders own in assets? What are their socio-demographic and psychological characteristics? How do the rich get rich in the first place? And how involved are they in civic and political activities? The project ...

Current Project| German Socio-Economic Panel study
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Looking for the Missing Rich: Tracing the Top Tail of the Wealth Distribution

We analyse the top tail of the wealth distribution in France, Germany, and Spain using the first and second waves of the Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS). Since top wealth is likely to be under-represented in household surveys, we ...

In: International Tax and Public Finance 26 (2019), 6, S. 1234-1258 | Stefan Bach, Andreas Thiemann, Aline Zucco
Cluster-Seminar Öffentliche Finanzen und Lebenslagen

Wealth inequality in Germany, 1895-2017

(together with Thilo Albers (HU Berlin) und Moritz Schularick (Uni Bonn)) This paper provides the first long-run wealth inequality series for Germany. We combine wealth tax data, survey data, national accounts' household balance sheets, and ...

24.07.2019| Charlotte Bartels
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The Low-Wage Sector in Germany Is Larger Than Previously Assumed

by  Markus M. Grabka and Carsten Schröder The total number of dependent employees in Germany has increased by more than four million since the financial crisis. Part of this growth took place in the low-wage sector. Analyses based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel, which in 2017 for the first time include detailed information on secondary employment, show that there were around nine

03.04.2019| Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder
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Us State Cigarette Tax Increases and Smoke‐Free Legislation in Relation to Cigarette Expenditure across Household Socio‐Economic Circumstances: A Quasi‐Experimental Study

Background and Aims: While research has focused on outcomes of tobacco control policies, less is known about the mechanisms by which policies may affect tobacco use. We estimated the associations of changes in cigarette taxes and smoke‐free ...

In: Addiction 114 (2018), 4, S. 721-729 | Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Melissa Kull, Christopher F. Baum
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An Integrated Approach for a Top-Corrected Income Distribution

Household survey data provide a rich information set on income, household context and demographic variables, but tend to underreport incomes at the very top of the distribution. Administrative data like tax records offer more precise information on .

In: Journal of Economic Inequality 17 (2019), 2, S. 125-143 | Charlotte Bartels, Maria Metzing
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A Head‐to‐Head Comparison of Augmented Wealth in Germany and the United States

We examine the composition of augmented household wealth, the sum of net worth and pension wealth, in the United States and Germany. Pension wealth makes up a considerable portion of household wealth of about 48% in the United States and 61% in ...

In: The Scandinavian Journal of Economics (2020), | Timm Bönke, Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder, Edward N. Wolff
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Top Incomes in Germany, 1871-2014

This study provides new evidence on top income shares in Germany from industrialization to the present. Income concentration was high in the nineteenth century, dropped sharply after WWI and during the hyperinflation years of the 1920s, then ...

In: The Journal of Economic History 79 (2019), 3, S. 669-707 | Charlotte Bartels
Cluster-Seminar Öffentliche Finanzen und Lebenslagen

Was Marx Right? Income Inequality, Market Concentration and Voting in late 19th Century Germany

The  recent  debate  on  the  causes  and  consequences  of  income  inequality shows striking similarity to the debate in many parts of Europe before 1914. Today and back then the focus was on ...

06.02.2019| Charlotte Bartels

Looking for the Missing Rich: Tracing the Top Tail of the Wealth Distribution

We analyze the top tail of the wealth distribution in Germany, France, and Spain based on the first and second wave of the Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS). Since top wealth is likely to be underrepresented in household surveys, we ...

Seville: European Commission, 2018, 53 S.
(JRC Technical Reports : JRC Digital Economy Working Paper ; 2018-04)
| Stefan Bach, Andreas Thiemann, Aline Zucco
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