Consumption structures and the dilemmas of income distribution

One of the key issue of the social policy problems is the differences in living standards which are evidently increasing. This trend does not only have a negative impact on the general atmosphere and mood of the people but it is also a hindrance of the emergence of a modern market economy. The author discusses the changes of the structure of consumption and states that people with medium level incomes are waging a tough struggle against slipping down on the social scale but their retreat is evident.