In Britain, the Guardian indicates that it is no longer believed that new generations have better living standards than previous generations:
“the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said its research showed the days when each generation could expect to be better off than their predecessors might be ending.
…found that a decade in which real incomes have stagnated – coupled with changes to pensions and high house prices – has made life tougher for people currently in their 30s, 40s and early 50s than those born earlier.
Workers aged from 34 to 53 are being punished by inadequate pay rises, dire pensions and crippling housing costs. With meagre savings, their only hope of a comfortable retirement is a large inheritance.“