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Ungleichheit in Deutschland - Politikmaßnahmen zur Trendumkehr

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Stefan Bach, Markus M. Grabka, Marc C. Adam

Berlin: Forum for a New Economy, 2021, 98 S.
(Forum for a New Economy Working Papers ; 5)


We review income and wealth inequality in Germany and its trends. We hierarchize its drivers andderive possible options for policy makers. A focus should be placed on reforming the labour market,reforming the tax and transfer system and taxing capital income or wealth to target the underlyinginequality, which contributes significantly to the increase in inequality of net household incomes.Targeting wealth inequality should follow a double-sided strategy by promoting private wealth accumulationand redistribution through taxation of high income and wealth. Relevant options include areform of the inheritance tax, the extra revenue could be used to finance a universal capital endowment.

Stefan Bach

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Staat

Markus M. Grabka

Direktorium SOEP und kommissarische Bereichsleitung Wissenstransfer in der Infrastruktureinrichtung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel

JEL-Classification: C21;D12;D31
Keywords: Einkommensungleichheit, Vermögensungleichheit, Steuerpolitik
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