Publications , News of 1 June 2012

Thesis of our staff member Daniel D. Schnitzlein published

For a considerable time now, the lack of equality in wage incomes in Germany has been getting clearly worse. Hence it is all the more important to at least guarantee equal opportunities in our society. The level of income - both for social and economic reasons - should be dependent on individual performance and not on one's parents' status. But what shape is equality of opportunity in Germany actually in? Is the income structure here so permeable that people from socially weak families also have a realistic chance of advancement? How high is economic mobility in Germany both between and within generations? And how does Germany do in comparison with other countries? Daniel Schnitzlein examines these questions using new methodological approaches and analyzes the causes of differing extents of economic mobility in international comparison.