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Study of Life Situations (25-60 Year-Old Persons)

Resource Type
  • Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Bonn
  • Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim
  • INFRATEST, München
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Social Policy
  • Abstract

    Complete information on course of life and occupation since the 15th year of life, about retirement program, both private and through professional group, and about financial circumstances, participation in supplementary retirement program as well as entitlement in the compulsory retirement insurance. Topics: judgement on one´s own economic situation at time of survey and expected economic situation in old-age; participation in discussions with pension counselors or pension advisers; information on current employment status and pension payment; part-time employment or secondary occupation in the course of life; information on occupational and school education; refund of contributions; year of marriage; number and year of birth of children; reduction in earning capacity; conclusion of a supplementary insurance for workers and employees in the civil service or a company retirement program; information on duration of insurance; savings in the framework of the 624-DM law; year of appointment and salary group for civil servants; size of agricultural company and payment of contributions to the Altershilfe {retirement fund}; voluntary payment of contributions to the compulsory retirement insurance and payment of contributions to a professional group insurance; information on completed life insurance policies; completed accident insurance policies; detailed information on types of income and types of assets; receipt of housing benefit and child allowance; marital property status; detailed demographic information on members of the household (max. 7 persons); detailed information about amount and type of pensions received or insurance payments. In the framework of a verification of retirement account status after obtaining agreement of respondent the following information was obtained from the responsible insurance providers: times of contribution; times in lieu of contribution; times of no contribution; current information on earnings from previous years.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-10 / 1981-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German citizens between the ages of 25 to 60 years living in private households
Multi-stage stratified random sample. As well as their spouses
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire as well as file analysis with the responsible retirement insurance provider
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 9535
    Number of Variables: 599
The spouses were interviewed with questionnaires of equivalent content. 5406 target persons were interviewed in all. 4129 target persons had a spouse who also could be interviewed resulting in a total sum of 9535 respondents. The complete data set is comprised of three different sub-datasets: Data set A (individual persons) contains the 9535 respondents. Data set B (spouses) contains information on the 5406 target persons and, to the extent they could be interviewed, the spouses as well. Data set C (course) encompases insurance information according to insurance provider, calendar year and insurance months for the entire insurance period of the respondent. This data set contains 4599 cases. Further data sets on the life situations project are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1744 and 1745.
C - Data and documents are only released for academic research and teaching after the data depositor’s written authorization. For this purpose the Data Archive obtains a written permission with specification of the user and the analysis intention.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1743 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Rosenbladt, Bernhard von; Kiel, Walter; Milenovic, Ina: Zukünftige Rentnergenerationen: Anwartschaften in der Alterssicherung der Geburtsjahrgänge 1920-1955. Untersuchungsbericht zum Forschungsprojekt "Grunddaten zur Entwicklung von Lebenslagen". Bonn: Der Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, 1986.
  • Infratest Sozialforschung: Daten zur Einkommenssituation im Alter, Band 1-3. Bonn: Der Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, 1984 und 1985. (Forschungsbericht, Sozialforschung Nr. 118)
  • Kiel, Walter: Datenhandbuch zur Lebenslagen-Studie: Haupterhebung und Rentenbescheide. Frankfurt: Arbeitspapier des Sonderforschungsbereiches 3, 1984.
  • Kiel, Walter: Der Aufbau von Rentenanwartschaften: Eine empirische Untersuchung über die Versicherungsverläufe der erwerbstätigen Bevölkerung. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 1987. (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim "Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik")

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 74 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Bonn; Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim; INFRATEST, München (1989): Lebenslagen-Studie (25-60jährige Personen). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.