Wealth Variation Across Countries
In this chapter, we discuss the importance of wealth when considering the economic well-being of households and provide an overview of current wealth levels across countries in the EU and North America. We point to the relatively large variance of wealth levels within EU countries, including the UK (at the time of writing this chapter), as well as Canada and the US. In addition, we provide some suggestions of why there may be differences in wealth accumulation between women and men. We elaborate not only on the reasons for accumulation, which may differ, but also on the different ways women and men accumulate wealth. We discuss these differences in terms of wealth trajectories. In addition, we consider differences in wealth accumulation among families with and without children.
KeywordsWealth Economic well-being Families
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