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Single Retired Female


Stefan Kooths über den Einfluss von privaten Lebensentscheidungen auf Ungleichheit

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(...) Few debates about inequality address the differences between single people and couples. When economists and politicians discuss part-time work and dwindling pensions, they only discuss people’s careers, not their private lives.

“If a society has more single people and single parents, the number of households with little money inevitably rises, which then in turn has repercussions on inequality statistics,” says Stefan Kooths. The leader of the Forecasting Center at the Institute for the World Economy in Kiel estimates that inequality increased by 10 to 30 percent between 1985 and 2005 because of the trend of smaller households. “The state can’t judge these kinds of personal decisions and can only partly offset them.”