Study of Life Situations (61-79 Year-Old Persons)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • 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

    Information on employment and income situation as well as pension payments of older persons. Topics: most important hopes and fears for the immediate future; self-assessment of condition of health; time of last vacation trip; judgement on one´s own current economic situation and comparison with the situation 10 years ago as well as in comparison with all West Germans; residential status; possession of a telephone; education and occupational training; number of children and year of birth; marital status; current employment or desire for employment; reason for employment; number of hours worked each week; age at start of employment; reason and point in time of interruptions of employment; total number of years of employment as well as profession in the individual working years; refund of contributions or retroactive insurance payments; reasons for termination of employment; company size and type of business of the company for which respondent last worked; duration of employment in this company; last professional position; monthly pension payments from company retirement program or supplementary insurance; amount of pension; form of pension; support for children; receipt of pension for inability to work or conduct one´s occupation prior to receipt of retirement income; basis of pension entitlement; begin and level of payments of pensions from the Altershilfe der Landwirte {farmers´ retirement program}, retirement program for self-employed or support for victims of the war; pension from the burden-sharing program, accident pension and pensions from private life insurance policies; further income from work, leases, commercial enterprise, assets, welfare, unemployment support or sick pay; financial support from private individuals; type of health insurance; amount of premium to the health insurance company; tax class; total net income; saving; receipt of housing benefit; widow pension. After consent of respondent information on insurance premiums was obtained from the responsible insurance provider. Interviewer rating: estimated respondent income.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-06 / 1982-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Germans between the ages of 61 to 79 years living in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample. as well as their spouses (excluding residents of institutions)
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: 4071
    Number of Variables: 489
Further data sets on the Life Situations Project are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1743 and 1745.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1744 (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)
  • Stubig, Hans-Jürgen; Berntsen, Roland: Datenhandbuch zur Lebenslagen-Studie, Stichprobe B: 61- bis 79-jährige deutsche Frauen und Männer. Frankfurt: Arbeitspapier des Sonderforschungsbereich 3, 1985.
  • 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: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22