Die Ungleichheit ist geringer, als die Nachrichten suggerieren

In Deutschland wird intensiv über Ungleichheit diskutiert. Doch nicht nur hier, auch in Großbritannien ist das ein hoch relevantes und emotionales Thema. Dabei lohnt es sich hier wie dort, genauer hinzusehen. Ich erinnere an die sehr entlarvende Analyse der F.A.Z.:

→ Fake-News zur Ungerechtigkeit in Deutschland

Die FINANCIAL TIMES (FT) bringt in einem Beitrag interessante Fakten. Die Zahlen sind zwar aus UK, aber die Richtung ist die Gleiche, wie bei uns:

  • “This week an audience participant on Question Time, a British politics show, made the mistake of suggesting his salary of £80,000 plus does not make him rich. Social media outrage followed. That salary puts the man in the top 5 per cent of UK earners and, in the eyes of the other 95 per cent, he is rich. (…) Add in tax and benefits, and those numbers fall to about £65,500 and rise to £19,000. That means the top fifth take home, on average, 3.4 times as much as the bottom fifth. That’s significant, but much less significant than the 11-fold difference in pre-tax pay.” – bto: Das ist wie bei uns, wo “Experten” nicht müde werden über Vor-Umverteilung-Ungerechtigkeit zu sprechen und die Tatsache, dass wir nach Umverteilung sehr gleich sind, gern verschweigen.
  • “It’s also worth noting that many of those in the bottom quintile are working part time (35 hours a week on the minimum wage in the UK would bring in over £12,000), while many of those at the top are salaried and work much longer hours. That makes the hourly income differential even smaller.” – bto: Ich würde das auch für Deutschland erwarten.
  • “Statistics regularly show that about 13-14 per cent of the British working population pays the higher 40 per cent rate of UK income tax, which kicks in at £50,001. (…) Many more people move in and out of that band at some point in their working lifetime. (…) For people aged between 25 and 29 the mean income is £26,000 but, for those aged 45-49, it is £42,400. It could easily be that about 25-30 per cent of UK earners pay the higher rate at some point in their lifetimes.” – bto: Das gilt natürlich auch für die Vermögen. Längere Lebenserwartung bedeutet zugleich auch höhere Vermögen.
  • “A recent American academic paper makes the point that while those in the top and bottom income quintiles tend to stay where they are, there is huge movement in the middle. Only 56 per cent of those in the third and fourth income quintiles at any one time remain in them over a lifetime of earning. Another 2015 paper suggests that even more Americans qualify as rich, at least temporarily. It found that between the ages of 25 and 60, some 11 per cent of the US population will qualify as a member of the top 1 per cent by income for at least one year.” – bto: Es schwankt also und es sind nicht immer die gleichen Leute!
  • “One of the very few careers, by the way, in which you do earn pretty much the same amount every year regardless of your experience or your success, is politics. All UK MPs earn £79,468 a year regardless of skill or time served. Members of the US Congress are paid $174,000.” – bto: Auch dies trifft offensichtlich für Deutschland zu. Unsere Politiker sind lebenslang und risikofrei “reich” (wenn sie es einmal an den Staatssäckel geschafft haben).
  • “The other reason why those on highish incomes may not feel rich is lack of wealth. Egged on by an oversupply of left-leaning academics, there has been much talk (but less evidence) of rising wealth inequality in the US and Europe. But there has been very little discussion about the fact that some of it is the inevitable result of two modern demographic trends: rising education and older people living longer. The later you start work, the later you amass wealth; the longer your parents live, the later their wealth trickles down.” – bto: Wer also an die säkulare Stagnation aufgrund des demografisch bedingten Ersparnisüberhangs glaubt, der muss auch anerkennen, dass dies die Ungleichheit treibt!
  • “But it is worth remembering that most people who end up rich start out asset poor. As they earn and save, that changes. And the young will, as usual, inherit the earth in the end. The millennial generation is expected to inherit $68tn from their baby boomer parents in the US by 2030 — the transfer is taking longer than in prior generations, but is still happening.” – bto: Dieser Übergang kann, weil wir weniger Kinder haben, allerdings die Ungleichheit erhöhen.
  • “Look at the numbers and you can see how much age matters when it comes to wealth. The top 1 per cent within the 20 to 29-year-old cohort holds 76.8 per cent of that group’s wealth. Yet the top 1 per cent accounts for only 34 per cent of the wealth of those aged 70-79. In other words, as people age, more of them accumulate chunky nest eggs and wealth is distributed much more evenly.” – bto: Auch das leuchtet ein. Es ist ein “Problem” in jungen Jahren und da hat man sein Schicksal selbst in der Hand.
  • “(…) we must be very careful about introducing policies that treat income and wealth as static. In fact, the picture is constantly shifting. Equality — or the lack of it — should be judged over a lifetime. Young people on low incomes with low levels of wealth may think now that anyone richer should be taxed more. But they should be careful what they wish for. Age is a huge driver of wealth and income. And it comes to us all.” – bto: So ist es!

→ ft.com (Anmeldung erforderlich): “Before we soak the rich, we need to figure out who they are”, 29. November 2019