Purchasing power development; household characteristics

Purchasing power development; household characteristics

Household characteristics Periods Median development purchasing power (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 20th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 40th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 60th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 80th percentile (%)
Total persons 2019* 1.3 -5.8 0.2 3.2 11.4
Type: Single person household 2019* 0.7 -2.3 0.3 1.3 6.4
Type: Multi-person household 2019* 1.5 -5.8 0.2 3.6 11.5
Type: One-parent family 2019* 1.7 -6.3 0.2 4.0 13.0
Type: Couple, total 2019* 1.5 -5.0 0.3 3.5 10.8
Type: Couple, no children 2019* 0.6 -3.2 0.1 1.5 6.6
Type: Couple, with child(ren) 2019* 2.8 -5.1 0.9 5.1 12.7
Type: Multi-person household, n.e.c. 2019* 2.0 -7.4 0.1 4.6 13.6
Main earner: to 24 years 2019* 9.4 -10.5 3.6 17.2 50.7
Main earner: 25 to 44 years 2019* 2.2 -6.9 0.4 4.5 12.6
Main earner: 45 to 64 years 2019* 1.9 -5.7 0.3 4.2 12.6
Main earner: 65 years or older 2019* 0.5 -1.8 0.2 0.8 3.2
Main earner: 25 to 34 years 2019* 2.6 -8.1 0.4 5.2 14.8
Main earner: 35 to 44 years 2019* 2.1 -5.8 0.4 4.1 11.3
Main earner: 45 to 54 years 2019* 2.7 -5.1 0.7 5.1 13.5
Main earner: 55 to 64 years 2019* 1.1 -6.4 -0.1 2.8 10.6
Main earner: 65 to 74 years 2019* 0.5 -3.0 0.1 1.0 4.4
Main earner: 75 to 84 years 2019* 0.5 -0.6 0.3 0.7 2.0
Main earner: 85 years or older 2019* 0.5 -0.9 0.3 0.8 1.9
Source: Income as employee/self-employe 2019* 2.4 -6.4 0.5 4.7 13.2
Source: Income as employee 2019* 2.5 -4.9 0.8 4.7 12.2
Source: Income as self-employed (total) 2019* 0.7 -13.6 -2.3 4.5 17.3
Source: Income as self-employed ... 2019* 0.9 -16.5 -3.7 5.6 19.2
Source: Income as major shareholder 2019* 0.4 -6.6 -1.2 2.8 11.5
Source: Income as other self-employed 2019* 0.1 -6.3 -0.9 2.2 11.2
Source: Transfer income 2019* 0.5 -2.3 0.2 0.9 4.1
Source: Income insurance benefit 2019* 0.5 -2.0 0.2 0.9 3.6
Source: Unemployment benefit 2019* 1.0 -11.7 -1.4 3.4 11.9
Source: Sickness/Disability benefit 2019* 0.8 -4.8 0.1 1.7 8.0
Source: Old-age/survivors pension 2019* 0.5 -1.5 0.2 0.8 3.1
Source: Social provisions benefit 2019* 0.5 -2.6 0.1 1.2 6.7
Source: Social assistance benefit 2019* 0.6 -2.5 0.1 1.4 7.1
Source: Social provisions, n.e.c. 2019* 0.3 -2.7 0.1 0.7 5.0
Source: Student grant 2019* -2.8 -28.8 -7.8 0.8 23.3
Home ownership: Owner-occupied home 2019* 1.4 -5.5 0.2 3.3 10.5
Home ownership: Rent 2019* 1.0 -4.8 0.3 2.7 12.6
Home ownership: Rent: no rent subsidy 2019* 1.4 -4.9 0.6 3.5 12.9
Home ownership: Rent with rent subsidy 2019* 0.5 -3.5 0.1 1.2 8.8
Equivalised income: 1st 10%-group 2019* 0.5 -7.6 -0.1 1.6 11.9
Equivalised income: 2nd 10%-group 2019* 0.6 -5.0 0.2 1.4 10.5
Equivalised income: 3rd 10%-group 2019* 0.9 -4.9 0.3 2.2 10.7
Equivalised income: 4th 10%-group 2019* 1.2 -5.3 0.3 3.1 11.3
Equivalised income: 5th 10%-group 2019* 1.6 -5.2 0.3 3.6 11.1
Equivalised income: 6th 10%-group 2019* 1.9 -5.1 0.5 3.7 10.9
Equivalised income: 7th 10%-group 2019* 2.0 -5.1 0.5 3.9 10.9
Equivalised income: 8th 10%-group 2019* 2.0 -5.5 0.4 4.0 11.2
Equivalised income: 9th 10%-group 2019* 1.9 -6.0 0.2 4.0 11.6
Equivalised income: 10th 10%-group 2019* 1.5 -8.8 -0.7 4.2 14.7
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains figures on the development of dynamic purchasing power of persons. The purchasing power development is only shown for persons with equal characteristics in the reporting year and the year before. The figures in this table are broken down into different household characteristics, like main source of income and age of the main earner. The population consists of all persons in private households with income on January 1st of the reporting year.

Data available from: 2012.

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table for the period 2012 to 2018 are final. The figures for the period 2019 are preliminary.

Changes as of 8 September 2020:
Figures for 2018 have been finalized. Figures for 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published in September 2021.

Description topics

Median development purchasing power
Purchasing power is defined as the equivalised household income adjusted for price developments, which are based on the consumer price index (CPI). Purchasing power is used to determine income changes (in real terms), but may also be used to determine (developments in) differences in prosperity between individuals or households.

The development is measured by the median change in purchasing power. The median is defined as the value separating the higher half from the lower half. In simple terms, it may be thought of as the 'middle' value of a data set.

Purchasing power development(percentile)
The individual purchasing power developments are ordered from low to high. Percentiles indicate the purchasing power development boundaries. A corresponding percentage of the population has a lower purchasing power development.
20th percentile
20 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
40th percentile
40 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
60th percentile
60 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
80th percentile
80 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.