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2 % of 'the rich' pay 50 % of taxes in Germany

A statement made by a user under a news article claims that 50 % of all taxes are paid by 'rich people' being defined as making more than 70.000 €/a. (...) 2% der "Reichen" zahlen 50% der Steuern ...
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Are the locations of Roman roads still linked to higher prosperity today?

The Romans built a large number of roads across much of Europe. Their primary function was to aid military movement and communication. But they became useful routes for trade and were, therefore, ...
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Is the “Asshole Effect” a phenomenon correlated with wealth?

From the Globe & Mail article “It’s true: The rich really are ruder”: Psychologist Paul Piff has coined a memorable label for the phenomenon: the Asshole Effect. Prof. Piff and his colleagues ...
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Do the world's eight richest people have as much wealth as the poorest 50%

The charity Oxfam recently launched a media campaign about global inequality with the startling statistic (this page on their website): ...inequality is rising: the combined wealth of the richest 1 ...
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Does 0.5% of the world's population make at least $1 million USD per year? [closed]

James Touchi-Peters recently claimed in a Vice article that One out of every 200 people on the planet makes more than a million dollars a year. That’s one half of one percent of the world ...
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Is Michael Moore worth approximately $50 million?

On the Celebrity Net Worth website, this claim is made: Michael Moore net worth: Michael Moore is a documentary filmmaker and author who has a net worth of $50 million. Is this true? This seems ...
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Does Queen Elizabeth II own 6,600 million acres of land?

According to WhoOwnsTheWorld.com, Queen Elizabeth II owns 6,600 million acres. They claim, Largest five personal landowners on Earth Queen Elizabeth II 6,600 million acres King Abdullah ...
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Are Americans less prosperous and less educated than their parents for the first time?

In the movie Inside Job, Matt Damon makes the following claim: For the first time in history, average Americans have less education and are less prosperous than their parents. Is that true? What ...
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Are all the citizens of UAE very rich?

There is a widespread belief that all the citizens of the UAE are very rich. In particular, a person I know who grew up in UAE suggested that "Pretty much every citizen has a Bentley" is literally ...
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Would the United States lose its title as the richest country if we exclude top 5% wealth holders?

I read this claim in Quora: The "richest" country in the world (the u.s.) would assuredly lose that place if you excluded just the top 5% of wealth holders Is this claim true? Is there any ...
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Can a society become unhappier with an increase in wealth?

People like to claim that less developed countries are happier, because they live the simple life and stronger family ties. We've all heard the saying: Money can't buy you happiness. Which is easy ...