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Press release 441 / 2018-11-14: Social background has a decisive influence on the life situation of children in Germany

There are fewer and fewer children in Germany. Their current and future life situation is still being strongly influenced by their social background. Children have better chances of high educational attainment it their parents are highly educated. Also, children from homes with a lower socio-economic status have worse chances of growing up healthily. The subjective well-being of children and young people at school varies greatly depending on the type of school. The proportion of children at risk of poverty remains stagnant despite the good economic situation. The risk of poverty is highest for children and young people living in lone-parent households.

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Press release 440 / 2018-11-14: Gross domestic product in the 3rd quarter of 2018 down 0.2% on the previous quarter

Gross domestic product, price-adjusted in %

Gross domestic product, 3rd quarter of 2018
-0.2% on the previous quarter (price, seasonally and calendar adjusted)
+1.1% on the same quarter a year earlier (price adjusted)
+1.1% on the same quarter a year earlier (price and calendar adjusted)

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that, in the third quarter of 2018, the gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.2% on the second quarter of 2018 after adjustment for price, seasonal and calendar variations. This was the first decline recorded in a quarter-on-quarter comparison since the first quarter of 2015. In the first half of 2018, the GDP had increased, by 0.5% in the second quarter and 0.4% in the first quarter.

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Federal Constitutional Court declares 2011 Census constitutional

On 19 September 2018 the Federal Constitutional Court delivered its judgment on the constitutionality of the 2011 Census Act and the related Sample Ordinance. The Court ruled that the Act is constitutional. The statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder will analyse the judgment thoroughly and continue with the preparatory work for the 2021 Census.

The 2011 Census was held in Germany to determine the official size of the population and obtain further detailed population, employment and housing stock data. The official size of the population in Germany provided by the 2011 Census is of great importance for the political sphere, administration and the business community. It serves as a basis for continuous population statistics, fiscal equalisation schemes among the Länder and among municipalities, and the delimitation of constituency boundaries, to mention but a few.

Brexit Monitor: Interactive charts on the UK and its pending exit from the European Union

In March 2017, following the Brexit referendum, the British Government formally initiated the process which will ultimately lead to the country's departure from the European Union. It is currently difficult to predict the precise consequences, but the Brexit decision and the departure from the EU is expected to impact on the economy, foreign trade, the labour market and migration. Our Brexit Monitor looks at the development in the United Kingdom using selected socio-economic indicators. Since the country is linked in a number of ways with the other EU states, the interactive charts also present the development in Germany and in the EU as a whole.

Current WISTA edition: Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings

The introduction of the minimum wage in 2015 has had a sustainable effect on the German labour market. Have the introduction and the first increase in the minimum wage also impacted on the structure of earnings?

This is what Kathrin Kann examines in her article on Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings in the 5/2018 issue of our WISTA scientific journal. She uses the results of the structure of earnings survey of 2014 and of voluntary earnings surveys taken in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The results show that the minimum wage has had an impact especially at the bottom end of the distribution of earnings. The first effect was a shift of lower-paid jobs towards the minimum wage of 8.50 euros (gross) per hour worked. After the first minimum wage increase in January 2017, to 8.84 euros, hourly earnings continued to move towards higher hourly pay.

Key figures

Population31.03.201882.8 mn
Persons in employment3rd Quarter 201845.0 mn
Economic growth (GDP)3rd Quarter 2018-0.2%
Inflation rate (CPI)September 20182.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.0%
Public debt201764.1%

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The Brexit Monitor presents the developments in the United Kingdom, Germany and the EU based on selected socio-economic indicators.

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