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Table 14 Energy consumption of private households in relation to net income* Germany 2008 according to their social position—in %

From: Analysing Gordon’s trade-off by adapting Thurow’s approach of pure public good to the German energy sector

Income groups in € Singles Singles with child(ren) Couples Couples without child(ren) Couples with child(ren) Other households
All households 8.3 9.6 7.9 8.1 7.6 8.5
<900 11.9 13.6 31.5 24.9 28.2 42.0
900–1300 10.3 11.8 13.8 13.8 14.6 12.4
1300–1500 9.7 11.0 12.2 12.1 12.4 11.2
1500–2000 9.0 10.5 11.6 11.6 11.7 12.0
2000–2600 8.0 9.3 10.6 10.5 11.2 11.0
2600–3600 7.0 8.9 9.3 9.2 9.7 10.3
3600–5000 5.4 7.3 8.0 7.8 8.1 9.4
5000–18,000 3.5 4.5 5.3 5.1 5.4 6.8
  1. Source: Own calculation based on German Federal Statistical Office, 2011. Italic numbers: own estimation, limited data basis in this income group
  2. *Total energy dispersion: ratio of the total energy expenditures of the highest income group to the total energy expenditures of the average household of the social group