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Jobs in the 1980s: Bridging the Gap Between People and Work (Germany: Job Market Policies and the Public)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Klipstein, Michael von (Forschungsstelle Sozialökonomik der Arbeit, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth (Institut für Demoskopie, Allensbach)
  • Strümpel, Burkhard (Forschungsstelle Sozialökonomik der Arbeit, Freie Universität Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Demoskopie, Allensbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Employment
    • Economic systems and development
  • Abstract

    Attitude of the German population to work. Topics: The content of this study is identical to the questionnaire described in ZA Study No. 1346. Beyond this the following questions were posed in this investigation: assessment of wage equity for men and women in the Federal Republic; attitude to women´s work; grumpy in the morning; questions on economy and society; expected economic development in the Federal Republic and effects of zero growth; daily watching television; most important things in life; original employment desire at conclusion of school; preference for creation of jobs or environmental improvement; number of sick days and days of vacation in 1981; agreed upon and actual hours worked each week; leisure activities as well as secondary occupational activities with and without payment; more work satisfaction from full-time or secondary occupational activity; comparison of ´modern working world´ with work ´earlier´; assumed reasons for current high unemployment; recommendations for combating unemployment; reasonable demands of unemployed to improve their chances of employment; attitude to becoming self-employed; assessment of personal occupational position as an enviable position; achievement orientation (scale); boredom at work; judgement on achievement morals of the Germans; undeveloped personal capabilities; preference for a job corresponding to abilities or for more income; most important media sources; (to housewives: interest in employment); attitude to completion of work not finished by colleagues (split); judgement on the view of work of young people (scale); estimate of the proportion of those not willing to work among the unemployed; personal contact with unemployed; demand of employment in training occupation; sacrifice of wages for the benefit of increased employment; attitude to a change of occupation; psychological self-characterization; chances for success in the FRG conditional on class or achievement; conducting sport; memberships; religiousness; living together with a partner; length of employment; economic group; company size; fear of personal unemployment; unemployment in the last 5 years and length of unemployment; classification of degree of interest in interview; assessment of length of interview by respondent. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; living together with a partner; religious denomination; religiousness; frequence of attending church; school education; occupational training; area of business of company; company size; income of main earner; household income; number of recipients of income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; degree of urbanization; memberships; membership in trade union. Interviewer rating: self-confidence of respondent; classification of social class; characterization of volume, face, movements, body form and happiness of respondent; weekday of interview and actual length of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-04 / 1982-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 16 to 69 years old.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1166
A split questionnaire was used (see split in the content description). Of the 1166 respondents those employed were included in the international investigation. See ZA Study No. 1346.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1348 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth; Strümpel, Burkhard: Macht Arbeit krank? Macht Arbeit glücklich? Eine aktuelle Kontroverse. München, Zürich: Piper 1984.
  • Klipstein, Michael von; Strümpel, Burkhard: Der Überdruß am Überfluß: Die Deutschen nach dem Wirtschaftswunder. München: Olzog 1984.
  • Public Agenda Foundation; Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies (Hrsg.): The world at work: An international report of jobs, productivity and human values. New York: Octagon books 1985.
  • Klippstein, Michael von; Strümpel, Burkhard (Hrsg.): Gewandelte Werte - erstarrte Strukturen: Wie die Bürger Arbeit und Wirtschaft erleben. Bonn: Verlag neue Gesellschaft 1985.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Klipstein, Michael von; Noelle-Neumann, Elisabeth; Strümpel, Burkhard (1984): Jobs in the 1980s: Bridging the Gap Between People and Work (Deutschland: Arbeitsmarktpolitik und Öffentlichkeit). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.