The problem of assessing differentials of income and wealth hinges upon the definition of 'narrow' and 'wide' differentials. Income distribution in Hungary is reckoned to be narrow, within a range of one to ten. The minimum set monthly wage is about 1,200 forints and the maximum is between 12,000 and 14,000 forints (Ferge, 1978:28). With this range of incomes Hungary rates among the countries with the smallest income differentials (Paukert, 1973:2-3).