- Judith Niehues ·
- IW-Trends No. 1 ·
- 7 February 2017
The Middle Class in Germany: Diverse and Stable
Although the middle class is frequently at the centre of distribution analyses, there is no precise definition of this income group. Findings as to its long-term development have, moreover, varied. As defined by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), a person living alone in 2014 was considered middle class in the narrow sense of the word if he or she had a monthly net disposable income between 1,410 and 2,640 euros.