»In Germany, Equal Opportunities Are Almost as Bad as in the US and Much Worse Than in Denmark«

Wittenberg, Erich
May 2013
DIW Economic Bulletin;May2013, Vol. 3 Issue 5, p9
Academic Journal
An interview with Daniel Schnitzlein, research associate at the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at DIW Berlin, is presented. Schnitzlein discusses the dependence of an individual's economic success on family background and describes the level of equality of opportunity in Germany as very low. He compares the situation in Germany to that of Denmark and the U.S. He believes that the American dream is a legend.


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