Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162814
Authors: 
Rohrer, Julia M.
Bruemmer, Martin
Schupp, Jürgen
Wagner, Gert G.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1671
Abstract: 
We investigate how worries in Germany change across time and age, drawing on both closed-ended questions (which typically list a number of worry items) and open-ended questions answered in text format. We find that relevant world events influence worries. For example, worries about peace peaked in 2003, the year of the Iraq War, with a considerable number of respondents also referring to the Iraq war in their text responses. Furthermore, we found that - controlling for these historical effects - worries about various topics such as health and the general economic situation increase with age. With increasing age, respondents also became more likely to answer the open-ended question. This suggests that the age increases in worries we found are not merely a result of an age-biased choice of worry items, but instead also hold for worries self-generated by the respondents.
Subjects: 
life course
worries
satisfaction
German Socio-Economic Panel Study
SOEP
JEL: 
C81
C83
I31
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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