Changes in the purchasing power of households can be measured through the variation in household disposable income adjusted for inflation.
In real terms, household disposable income grew by 16 % in total in the EU between 2000 and 2009. Following the financial crisis, it decreased by around 3 % between 2009 and 2013 and then rose by 5 % between 2013 and 2016.
Household disposable income increased by around 18 % in total between 2000 and 2016, representing an average growth rate of 1 % per year.
Take a look at the interactive chart below to see how household income in your country has changed since 2000!
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