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Altruistic Conduct by the Self-Employed

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Rippe, Wolfgang (Forschungsstelle für empirische Sozialökonomik, Köln)
Publication Date
  • GfK, Nuremberg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
  • Abstract

    The attitude of the self-employed to voluntary income transfers to charitable associations and in particular to science organizations. Views on distribution of public and private duties. Topics: detailed recording of club memberships; reasons for memberships; recording of membership contributions paid and donations; rank sequence of the most important memberships; honorary offices accepted or functions in a club or in public life; amount of donations and amount of work in hours; preference for charitable or scientific recipients of donations; assessment of the general willingness of the population to make donations; personal reaction to requests for donations; judgement on the importance as well as assignment of the tasks to the private area or the area of government tasks for: street planning, education, research, public health system, care of the elderly, support for the handicapped, environmental protection, support for the arts and support for sports; attitude to private foundations in comparison to government research support; attitude to acceptance of private gifts and perceived obligation reciprocate; social feeling of responsibility (scale); achievement orientation; attitude to tax reduction; psychological self-characterization; social origins; occupation of parents in charitable organizations; inheritance tax obligation of parents; sources of one´s own financing of studies; assessment of scholarships as special assistance or as legal right; personally a prisoner of war; impact of a life-threatening accident or a life-threatening illness or a natural catastrophe; belonging to a club or youth group during time in school; holding the function of class spokesman in school and university; frequency of contact with pastors, social workers, politicians, scientists and managers; degree of expected occupational changes through scientific progress; personal publications in technical journals; characterization of circle of friends; work satisfaction; career orientation; religiousness; housing situation; city size. Given a donation in the last year of more than 500 DM or refusal to donate as well as with intensive honorary activity the following supplemental questions were posed: type of request received; person from whom the idea originated; discussion with other persons about the donation or activity and relation of this person to the recipient of the donation; sum of money or purpose as primary motive for a donation; personal possibilities to monitor the effect of the donation; span of time needed for the decision to donate. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupation; occupational position; occupational satisfaction; household income; sources of income during studies; state; regional origins; memberships; publication of essays in magazines. Interviewer rating: city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974-02 / 1974-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Self-employed persons (doctors, lawyers and notaries, auditors, accountants, tax consultants, architects and pharmacists)
Sampling Procedure Comment: The sample is two-part: 1. multi-stage stratified random sample (666 cases), 2. deliberate supplement selection of those self-employed that could be classified as ´altruistic´.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1052
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1182 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Rippe, Wolfgang: Freiwillige Übertragungen als Problem der Transferökonomie: Eine empirische Studie. Baden-Baden: Nomos 1981. (Schriften zur öffentlichen Verwaltung und öffentlichen Wirtschaft).

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Rippe, Wolfgang (1981): Altruistisches Verhalten von freiberuflich Tätigen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.