The gap between rich and poor threatens to widen further. Here is what you should know about it - and what helps against it.


A wealth tax? A higher inheritance tax? Or a starting capital for young people? Here you can calculate if and what would really change in the distribution of wealth in Germany.

Rich versus poor - the wealth-simulator

Choose one measure - and compare whether and by how much it would break the trend of rising inequality.

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Until now

Created trend*

In 10 years

without interventions

no measure selected

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  • Lower half of the population

  • Upper middle class

  • Top 10%

* Increasing inequality due to demographic trends, etc.
Data basis: SOEPv37. Calculations by DIW Berlin.


Definition of the measures

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