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Mothers' Income Has Slightly Increased

Chart of the Month – October 2013

The monthly per capita income of mothers has slightly increased in recent years – regardless of the children's age. Whereas the net equivalent income of women with one child in its first year of life amounted to 1,300 Euro in 2006, it has increased to 1,460 Euro in 2011. The income of childless women, however, is still considerably higher, but the difference has decreased a bit in the same period. Childless women had an average monthly income of 1,940 Euro in 2011, compared to 1,890 Euro in 2006. These figures have been released by the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB).

These average values reveal considerable differences: Especially mothers aged 35 and older as well as academics and public sector employees profited from the income growth. Their household income in the year following childbirth has increased higher-than-average between 2006 and 2011. However, for those women the childbirth-related loss of income had turned out especially drastic. "In contrast, there are also groups which still have considerably less money at their disposal, such as large families and single parents", says BiB-researcher Dr. Martin Bujard.

The parental leave benefit, which was introduced in Germany in 2007, has helped to cushion women's income loss in the first year after childbirth. The further increase of the average income of families with small and primary school children is also due to the increased labour participation of mothers.


The picture shows a line chart which illustrates the monthly net equivalent income of women according to the age of the youngest child in the years 2006 and 2011. Mothers' Income Has Slightly Increased

* The net equivalent income is the household income divided by the "equivalent size", which results from the number of persons in the household and their age.


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