Berlin - The Enquete Commission "" has proposed new measure for measuring prosperity in Germany, which, in addition to material prosperity, should also include social and ecological areas. The gross domestic product (GDP) has often been used as measure of prosperity and quality of life, according to the Commission's final report, which all five parliamentary groups in the Bundestag approved yesterday. However, the GDP is not suitable for this.
The new measure of prosperity called "W³ indicators" comprises ten so-called lead indications: in the area of "material prosperity" the distribution of income, GDP and national debt, in the area of "social / participation." "The areas of freedom, health, education and employment and in the area of" ecology "the areas of biodiversity national, nitrogen national and greenhouse gases national.
“The preservation of freedom and democracy, social inclusion through good education and work for as many as possible, as well as health will play role in the future when society looks at its own prosperity,” the report says. At the same time, the new, broader measure of prosperity shows whether this prosperity is sustainable by including environmental quality and national debt.
In addition, the Commission has defined further "background indicators" with the "warning lights" that complement the headline indicators should only be visible if they develop negatively.
For the health sector, the Commission has defined average life expectancy as lead indicator, "as this is comparatively well-known, intuitively accessible concept". As “warning light” it suggests the number of years of life spent in good health, ie “the number of years that person is expected to experience in healthy state” without any health restrictions or disabilities.
The study commission “Growth, Prosperity, Quality of Life” was set up by the German Bundestag in 2010 to examine, among other things, the importance of growth in the economy and society and to develop holistic prosperity indicator.