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dc.contributor.authorVeenhoven, Ruuten_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-05T13:14:41Z-
dc.date.available2011-10-05T13:14:41Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/50182-
dc.description.abstractThere are many qualms about subjective indicators, and some people believe that social policy should better not use them. This paper consists of a review of these objections. It is argued that policy makers need subjective indicators for the following reasons: 1. Social policy is never limited to merely material matters; it is also aimed at matters of mentality. These substantially subjective goals require subjective indicators. 2. Progress in material goals can not always be measured objectively. Subjective measurement often is better. 3. Inclusive measurement is problematic with objective substance. Current sum scores make little sense. Using subjective satisfaction better indicates comprehensive quality of life. 4. Objective indicators do little to inform policy makers about public preferences. Since the political process also does not reflect public preferences too well, policy makers need additional information from opinion polls. 5. Policy makers have to distinguish between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. Needs are not observable as such, but their gratification materialises in the length and happiness of peoples’ lives. This final output criterion requires assessment of subjective appreciation of life as a whole.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aWissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) |cBerlinen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aWZB Discussion Paper |xFS III 01-404en_US
dc.subject.ddc300en_US
dc.subject.stwSozialpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwSozialer Indikatoren_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.subject.stwMeinungen_US
dc.titleWhy social policy needs subjective indicatorsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn334101123en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:wzbssr:FSIII01404-

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