Noticeable price changes in March
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IN FOCUS / 2015-04-14
4th quarter of 2014: home childcare allowance for just under 386,000 children
Since 14 April, the Federal Constitutional Court has been examining the home childcare allowance act. Currently, parents are entitled to a monthly amount of 150 euros if they do not use infant education in publicly supported day care centres or in publicly supported day care by child minders.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, home childcare allowance was paid just under 386,000 times. 83% of the recipients held German citizenship, 17% held a passport of another country. The majority of the recipients (75%) applied for home childcare allowance for the maximum period of 22 months. Only 4% of the benefit recipients intend to receive the allowance for less than 6 months.
A marked East-West difference is emerging with regard to the period of receipt. The expected period of receipt in the new Länder (14.4 months) is much shorter than in the former territory of the Federal Republic (19.9 months). In Thüringen it is shortest (13 months), while in Bayern and Baden-Württemberg it is longest (20.3 months each).
Energy cheaper - Coffee more expensive
This is, in a nutshell, the price development in Germany in 2014: consumer prices for energy fell for the first time since 2009 in a year on year comparison - coffee drinkers, however, experienced the strongest price increase in Germany.
In their article in our scientific journal WISTA (2/2015), Sabine Touil and Dieter Schäfer analyse the price development across all stages of the economic process in 2014.
Prices decreased at the levels of imports, production of industrial products and wholesale trade. Producer prices of services, construction prices and consumer prices rose slightly in Germany.
WISTA is mainly a German language publication, but occasionally English articles are also included. As of 2015, every article starts with a short abstract in English.