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Poor Americans, Poor Germans, Poor Swedes (but rich Aussies)

Discussion in 'Property Market Economics' started by Spiderman, 31st Jul, 2015.

  1. Spiderman

    Spiderman Well-Known Member

    30th Jun, 2015
    An interesting table of per capita median wealth.

    Except for (say) the top 20%, Americans are mere paupers compared to the average Aussie, who is 5 times richer. Yes their houses and petrol are cheaper, but they pay more for health, drive more and don't get many holidays. Inequality is the big killer there - if a mean wealth number was used the Americans would look better.

    Some other countries do unexpectedly better and worse - even societies that are more equal. The Nordic countries generally top international charts like these for life expectance, health, education, income equality etc but even the latter doesn't translate into a high median wealth for them. Or maybe superannuation and pensions are treated and counted differently (ie government schemes versus private accounts?).

    Germany's economy is supposedly one of the best in Europe. Yet the median Italian, pom or Frenchman is twice as wealthy. Despite in two out of those three cases sharing currency with the German.

    Some continental European countries (including those reputed to be wealthy) prefer renting to home ownership - so to the extent that this happens fewer people have equity in their home. But either renting is as dear as home ownership or they lack the forced savings of paying off a mortgage so accumulate less wealth.

    Or maybe it's just that the Aussie dollar is overvalued and is really only worth about half what the exchange rate says it is?
    Last edited: 31st Jul, 2015
  2. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    I found the reasons given as to why they sit lower interesting.

    1. They do not have real universal healthcare.

    2. Weak labor laws undermine unions and give large corporations more power to keep wages and benefits down.

    3. Pathetic minimum wage of $7.25 an hour with some employees not guaranteed paid vacations or paid sick days.

    Three points this current Federal Liberal government is desperate to attain.
  3. Till Kingdom Come

    Till Kingdom Come Well-Known Member

    23rd Jul, 2015
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    It doesn't matter how countries compare. What matters is where you are personally in the Global Wealth Rank.