Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/182116
Authors: 
Adriaans, Jule
Liebig, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Weekly Report [ISSN:] 2568-7697 [Volume:] 8 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 37 [Pages:] 347-352
Abstract: 
Earnings differences are a recurring topic of public discussion in Germany. Data from the long-term Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study as well as a separate survey of German employees (LINOS) show that earnings inequalities are generally perceived as fair while a substantial share of the respondents find the current earnings distribution in Germany unfair. This applies above all to the middle and lower end of the earnings distribution, where respondents perceive there to be particularly severe underpayment. More rarely do respondents find that employees earning high salaries are unfairly overpaid. Perceived unfairness in the upper strata of the earnings distribution is associated with a reduction in effort at the workplace while perceived unfairness in the lower end of the earnings distribution is accompanied by a lack of participation in the democratic process.
Subjects: 
earnings inequality
fair earnings
reactions to unfair earnings
JEL: 
D31
D63
M52
Document Type: 
Article
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