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Subsidies - Row over Germany’s public transport ticket jumping from €9 to €49

Graham Watson

4th November 2022

The state subsidising public transport in Germany has become a live political issue after the federal government announced a new monthly ticket for 49 euros.

However, last summer, the same ticket was 9 euros and anti-poverty campaigners argue that the new ticket is beyond the means of the economy's poorest.

It's a lovely example of the distributional effects of a subsidy: the intention is good, but it seems that the majority of the benefits are going to be enjoyed by the middle-class, not Germany's poor.

Probably worth noting that the Euro 49 per month ticket covers the entirety of Germany and not just one city!

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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