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euclid
09-22-2008, 04:57 PM
Does anybody out there know what the average industrial wage was in Germany in 1942? Or where I might look for the information?


:Huh:

euclid
09-23-2008, 10:06 PM
I think I may have solved this puzzle.

I have read a book by Christopher Isherwood, written in the early 1930's about life in Berlin. He has two characters comparing rents (for a bedsit). One pays 50 marks per month, the other pays 80. So, if we say rents ranged from 50-80 marks in 1932. Apply about 7% inflation per year (very roughly): say rents were double, i.e. 100-160 marks per month in 1942.

Today, in Dublin, bedsit rents range from Euro 650-950 per month and salaries range from 35,000-50,000 pa. All figures are very rough of course, but I estimate from the Dublin figures a factor of 50: Monthly rent = annual salary/50.

So, applying this ratio to berlin in 1942, I get: annual salaries ranging 5,000-8,000 marks.

Crude? Yes. Accurate? No, but is it likely to be close enough?

Puma
09-24-2008, 01:17 AM
Euclid - You might want to ask a mod to move this thread up to the research forum (right above share your work). The people who frequent that forum have a lot of info and are very willing to help. But - if you move it, I also suggest you ask the mod to re-name the thread to be more consistent with what you're asking. You want to know salaries, not currency. Puma

Sarpedon
09-24-2008, 01:35 AM
I don't think that is necessarily a valid analogy. Remember that housing as a percentage of income has varied widely over the years. I seem to recall statistics showing that nowadays americans spend a greater percentage of their income on housing than ever before. So I'd be cautious about making this sort of comparison without statistics to back it up.

I found these links: http://www.ericdigests.org/2002-1/ww2.html

There are links to books from that site.

euclid
09-24-2008, 01:51 AM
Euclid - You might want to ask a mod to move this thread up to the research forum (right above share your work). The people who frequent that forum have a lot of info and are very willing to help. But - if you move it, I also suggest you ask the mod to re-name the thread to be more consistent with what you're asking. You want to know salaries, not currency. Puma

Good points, but how do I ask a mod?

Puma
09-24-2008, 03:53 AM
Hi Euclid - the Mods names are posted on the right side of every forum heading on the main board. Derek, dpaterso, is one who helps out with moves fairly often; Jen Nipps is the "official" mod for this board. You need to send a personal message (pm) to whomever you choose. Just click on the name and several options will come up including sending a pm. Hope that helps. Puma

FinbarReilly
09-25-2008, 11:56 AM
Just 1942? How about I just throw this (http://nber15.nber.org/bookcv/WAGES%20IN%20GERMANY%201871-1945-BRY_GERHARD-1960.CV.pdf) at you? Page 251, BTW, should help immensely, if I'm reading this right....

Oh, and it looks like about 40 marks per week, or about 2080 marks per year, on straight average. For detail, I would need the specific industry...but you now have the same chart I do...and the PDF gives more information than I think you will ever need....

FR

euclid
09-25-2008, 12:38 PM
Just 1942? How about I just throw this (http://nber15.nber.org/bookcv/WAGES%20IN%20GERMANY%201871-1945-BRY_GERHARD-1960.CV.pdf) at you? Page 251, BTW, should help immensely, if I'm reading this right....

Oh, and it looks like about 40 marks per week, or about 2080 marks per year, on straight average. For detail, I would need the specific industry...but you now have the same chart I do...and the PDF gives more information than I think you will ever need....

FR

Hi Finbar,

That's an incredible document. Many many thanks. How did you find it? :)

FinbarReilly
09-25-2008, 03:30 PM
I'm not sure if it's the cat I sacrifice, or that I cheated (keywords: germany salaries 1942). Yeahyeah I'm a geek....

And no prob! I Like weird research...

FR