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Germany - International Development, Poverty, & …
 'Only as the result of a high level of transfers do disposable incomes in eastern Germany reach around 80% of the level for western Germany. In 1998, however, the economic capacity of households in eastern Germany - based on the market income achieved - only equalled 70% of the value for western Germany.' See: Markus M. Grabka and Birgit Otto: 'Angleichung der Markteinkommen privater Haushalte zwischen Ost- und Westdeutschland nicht in Sicht.' In: Wochenbericht des DIW Berlin, no. 4/2001.
Poverty in Germany Reaches Record High
 See: Walter Hanesch, Peter Krause, Gerhard Bäcker, Michael Maschke and Birgit Otto: 'Armut und Ungleichheit in Deutschland.' Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Hamburg 2000, p. 106. The authors report that, in the period 1991 to 1997, 81.9% of the population of eastern Germany and 78.9% of the population of western Germany did not fall below the regional poverty threshold at all.
Population below poverty line by country - Thematic …
Such differences again become apparent, too, when we look at the figures representing the probability of exiting poverty. In eastern Germany the probability of exiting poverty after one year came close to 52%; after two years of poverty the likelihood was down to 34%; after three years it was back to 52%. In eastern Germany, the probability of exiting a poverty phase was not reduced until after four years of living in poverty. By contrast, the probability of exiting poverty in western Germany became lower (with one exception) with each additional year in the poverty phase. In this part of the country, the risk of being or becoming chronically poor is higher. And the probability of individuals' exiting poverty after a one- or two-year poverty phase was also lower than in eastern Germany. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate both the similarities and the differences between eastern and western Germany in terms of poverty duration. In both regions, around half of all poverty phases observed during the survey period had ended after one year, though the proportion of the poor population who experienced a longer duration in poverty was considerably larger in the west than in eastern Germany.
Global Extreme Poverty - Our World in Data
What is remarkable about this situation is that both the scope and intensity of poverty remained relatively unchanged over all the survey years despite the fact that income levels in the east have gradually moved towards levels corresponding with those in western Germany. Hence, the growing market-income disparity in eastern Germany during the course of the transformation process has not resulted in any perceptible increase in the number of people affected by poverty.