Girls overtake boys in pocket money - but have none of it
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Girls overtake boys in pocket money - but have none of it

Anne Fischer
1.9.2023
Translation: machine translated

On average, girls get more pocket money than boys. While this development is new in Germany, it has been the case in Switzerland for some time. They hardly benefit at all.

Men usually earn more money than women - but not when it comes to pocket money. For the first time, the opposite is true for children in Germany: girls between the ages of three and 13 receive an average of 17.01 euros in pocket money per month, while boys of the same age receive 78 cents less. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Kids Media Compass of children's media specialist Blue Ocean Entertainment.

On average, children receive 16.60 euros in pocket money

The market research institute Forsa surveyed 4012 children aged between three and 13 in April and May this year. The average pocket money is 16.60 euros per month, which is 82 cents more than in the previous year - an increase of 5.2 per cent. However, as the inflation rate in Germany was 7.9 per cent in the same period, the little ones theoretically still have to make a loss.

Bag money in Switzerland: the same or more for girls

In Switzerland, by the way, girls have long been ahead: As early as 2017, a survey showed that girls are not disadvantaged and even receive more pocket money, especially in the nine to 13 age group.

Pink tax makes girls' products more expensive

Whether girls benefit from receiving comparatively more pocket money remains questionable: studies have shown that the so-called pink tax means that products aimed at girls are often more expensive. According to the consumer advice centre, one reason for this may be that women or girls are more willing to pay more for products that they would like to have.

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A true local journalist with a secret soft spot for German pop music. Mum of two boys, a dog and about 400 toy cars in all shapes and colours. I always enjoy travelling, reading and go to concerts, too.


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