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Household income, poverty and wealth

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Hauser, Richard

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Corporate Editor Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD)
Abstract "This paper concentrates on official statistics on household income, poverty, and wealth. It characterizes the main research questions in this field, and it presents an overview of the available statistics and Scientific Use Files produced by the four Research Data Centers (RDC) in Germany. (RDC of the Federal Statistical Office; RDC of the Statistical Offices of the German states; RDC of the German Labor Office; RCD of the German Pension Insurance). We support the recommendations of a peer review group for the Federal Statistical Office based on the European Statistics Code of Practice, and suggest peer reviews for all data producing bodies including ministries. We repeat a recommendation of a former Commission to find ways of distributing Scientific Use Files to reliable foreign research institutes. Special recommendations refer to the improvement of survey methods and extended questionnaires of the Income and Consumption Survey (EVS) and the German contribution to the European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC). We also recommend a harmonization of the administrative statistics on the various minimum benefit programs, and the development of a single Scientific Use Files for all minimum benefit recipients." (author's abstract)
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; income; difference in income; private household; income situation; income distribution; poverty; prosperity; socioeconomic effects; socioeconomic position; socioeconomic structure; social inequality
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Social Problems
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Berlin
Page/Pages 12 p.
Series RatSWD Working Paper Series, 53
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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