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Coping with Unemployment in the Course of Time (Employee Panel 1978-1982)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung, München
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Unemployment
    • In-job training
    • Employment
  • Abstract

    Judgement on one´s own job situation and the situation in the job market in the course of time. This is a three-wave panel. Topics: First wave: The first wave of this investigation is at the same time the survey described under ZA Study No. 1084. Topics: professional career and satisfaction with occupational development; work satisfaction; job security; career orientation; attitude to occupational planning; correspondence of training and future demands of occupation; characterization of job; the route to work and means of transport used; characterization of company; judgement on the development of the company and the area of business; assumed difficulties in searching for work; accepting setback in a change of job; readiness for mobility; participation in further education measures within and outside work; readiness for further education; weekly working hours and overtime; assessment of self-confidence in selected situations (scale); judgement on the reasonableness of an offer of a position as worker or with lower income; memberships; residential status; type of city; size of municipality class; administrative district. Demography: age; sex; marital status; school education; vocational training; household income; size of household; composition of household; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household. Second wave: as a so-called panel maintenance a short questionnaire was sent to the respondents. In this mail survey (November 1980) the following questions were posed: current employment status; moving frequency; change of residence and distance moved; cause of moving. Third wave: The third wave is identical to the fourth wave of the unemployed survey as described in ZA Study No. 1362: assessment of the economic situation; times of employment or unemployment from 1978 to 1981; assessment of occupational consequences of personal unemployment; reason for last unemployment; number of jobs offered by employment office; one´s own initiative in the search for work; aid taken advantage of for occupational reintegration; satisfaction with employment office and case worker; description of current employment situation; interest in regaining employment; part time or full time position; assessment whether employment can be resumed in the next five years; establishing a specific occupation or a specific profession; income concepts; occupational mobility; acceptable or reasonable problems in regaining employment; current registration with employment office as unemployed; reasons for not finding a suitable position (scale); sources of income to support cost of living; assessment of condition of health; reduction in earning capacity; illnesses and complaints in the last three months; psychological self-characterization of self-confidence and work orientation (scales); moving frequency. The following questions were also posed to those who in the meantime had found work: success of mediation by employment office; temporary or permanent employment; detailed characterization of current activity and relationship with occupation learned; hours worked each week and overtime; length of route to work; assessment of the security of one´s own job. Those who had not yet found work characterized their last job according to the same criteria.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-02 / 1982-02
    1st wave: January to February 1978 (first survey: oral), 2nd wave: November 1980 (second survey: mail panel maintenance), 3rd wave: January to February 1982 (third survey: oral)
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 18 to 65 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Household sample of employed workers and employees according to a random route procedure. Foreigners were not interviewed.
Collection Mode
  • Mail and oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Household
    Number of Units: 1994
The data set contains all data of the three-wave panel survey based on the 1994 respondents of the first wave. The data set of the first wave is also archived under ZA Study No. 1084. In the framework of the complete project unemployed were also interviewed on the same problem. These data are archived under ZA Study No. 1362.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1363 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung: Arbeitslose - ein Jahr später: Bericht über eine repräsentative Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen und Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik. Bonn: Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung 1981. (Forschungsberichte Band 60)
  • Rosenbladt, Bernhard von; Büchtemann, Christoph F.: Arbeitslosigkeit und berufliche Wiedereingliederung: Erster Teilbericht über Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen und Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1977/78. In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, 13, 1980, Nr.4, S. 552-572.
  • Büchtemann, Christoph F.; Rosenbladt, Bernhard von: Arbeitslose 1978: Die Situation in der Arbeitslosigkeit. Zweiter Teilbericht über Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen und Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, 14, 1981, Nr.1, S. 22-38.
  • Büchtemann, Christoph F.: Erwerbskarrieren im Anschluß an Arbeitslosigkeit: Ergebnisse einer Zwischenerhebung zum Verbleib der Arbeitslosen und Abgänger aus Arbeitslosigkeit vom Herbst 1977 drei Jahre später. In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, 15, 1982, Nr.2, S. 120-130.
  • Büchtemann, Christoph F./INFRATEST Sozialforschung: Die Bewältigung von Arbeitslosigkeit im zeitlichen Verlauf: Repräsentative Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen, Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit und beschäftigten Arbeitnehmern 1978 - 1982. Bonn: Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung 1983. (Forschungsberichte Band 85)

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

INFRATEST Sozialforschung, München (1984): Die Bewältigung von Arbeitslosigkeit im zeitlichen Verlauf (Beschäftigtenpanel 1978-1982). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.