A Head-to-Head Comparison of Augmented Wealth in Germany and the United States

SOEPpapers 899, 51 S.

Timm Bönke, Markus M. Grabka, Carsten Schröder, Edward N. Wolff

2017

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Abstract

We provide levels of, compositions of, and inequalities in household augmented wealth – defined as the sum of net worth and pension wealth – for two countries: the United States and Germany. Pension wealth makes up a considerable portion of household wealth: about 48% in the United States and 61% in Germany. The higher share in Germany narrows the wealth gap between the two countries: While average net worth in the United States (US$337,000 in 2013) is about 1.8 times higher than in Germany, augmented wealth (US$651,000) is only 1.4 times higher. Further, the inclusion of pension wealth in household wealth reduces the Gini coefficient from 0.892 to 0.701 in the United States and from 0.765 to 0.511 in Germany.

Carsten Schröder

Direktorium SOEP und Bereichsleitung Angewandte Panelanalysen in der Infrastruktureinrichtung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel

Markus M. Grabka

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Infrastruktureinrichtung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel



JEL-Classification: D31;H55;J32
Keywords: net worth, pension wealth, augmented wealth, wealth portfolio, SOEP, SCF
Frei zugängliche Version: (econstor)
http://hdl.handle.net/10419/156170