Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161144
Authors: 
Wagner, Gert G.
Bruemmer, Martin
Glemser, Axel
Rohrer, Julia
Schupp, Jürgen
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10521
Abstract: 
This paper demonstrates how quality of life can be measured by plain text in a representative survey, the German Socio Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Furthermore, the paper shows that problems that are difficult to monitor, especially problems like the state of the European Union, long-term climate change but also the national debt or problems with the quality of consumer goods (like food) and services (like medical treatment), are not issues of particular importance to the majority of people. Developments and risks that are difficult to monitor and only have long-term effects should be left primarily to the discourse conducted by experts and the politically-minded "elites", the avant garde. And in representative democracies it is ultimately the parliamentarians who must decide. Parliamentarians are likely able to make somewhat better decisions using modern representative surveys and national dialogues than they would be without these instruments of civic participation. Nevertheless, improved civic participation cannot replace parliaments.
Subjects: 
quality of life
dimensions
open-ended questions
automated text analysis
German Socio Economic Panel Study
SOEP
JEL: 
B41
C81
C83
C88
D69
I31
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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