Well-being outcomes for Germany are above the OECD average and particularly strong
for social connections, work-life balance, education and environmental quality .
However, well-being evolves less favourably with age than in other OECD countries (Unger
and Schulze, 2013; Schöllgen et al., 2010; Wetzel, Huxhold and Tesch-Römer, 2015).
Education outcomes continue to depend strongly on socio-economic background, although
less so than in the past (OECD Economic Survey of Germany 2014, OECD, 2014a).
Life expectancy and subjective health outcomes vary considerably with socio-economic
background and inequality in well-being outcomes tends to increase with age. While
income inequality is one of the lowest among large OECD economies, disposable incomes
of the poorest households have not grown in real terms over the past decade, despite lower