If parents accumulate and spend their wealth similarly to those in the past, researchers found the median inheritance for those born in the 1980s will be £136,000 ($176,971). Those born in the 1960s can expect less than half that, £66,000 ($85,883). This increase for those born later is partially due to higher levels of parental wealth, and fewer children to divide it among. Researchers expect there to be inequalities in the distribution, predicting that a fifth of people born each decade won’t receive any significant inheritance at all.

This story is part of a new series we’re trying, “The Thing,” in which we examine what a single chart can tell us about the global economy. 

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