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German General Social Survey - ALLBUScompact - Cumulation 1980-2014

Resource Type
  • GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Publication Date
  • Klaus Allerbeck,   (University of Frankfurt) (Researcher)
  • Jutta Allmendinger,   (Univeristy of Munich) (Researcher)
  • Hans-Jürgen Andreß,   (University of Cologne) (Researcher)
  • Wilhelm Bürklin,   (University of Potsdam) (Researcher)
  • Andreas Diekmann,   (ETH Zurich) (Researcher)
  • Hubert Feger,   (Free University of Berlin) (Researcher)
  • Detlef Fetchenhauer,   (University of Cologne) (Researcher)
  • Johannes Huinink,   (University of Bremen) (Researcher)
  • Marie Luise Kiefer,   (University of Vienna) (Researcher)
  • Frauke Kreuter,   (Univeristy of Munich) (Researcher)
  • Steffen Kühnel,   (University of Göttingen) (Researcher)
  • Karin Kurz,   (University of Göttingen) (Researcher)
  • M. Rainer Lepsius,   (University of Heidelberg) (Researcher)
  • Stefan Liebig,   (University of Bielefeld) (Researcher)
  • Karl Ulrich Mayer,   (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin) (Researcher)
  • Heiner Meulemann,   (University of Cologne) (Researcher)
  • Walter Müller,   (University of Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Karl Dieter Opp,   (University of Leipzig) (Researcher)
  • Franz Urban Pappi,   (University of Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Erwin K. Scheuch,   (University of Cologne) (Researcher)
  • Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck,   (University of Mannheim) (Researcher)
  • Heike Solga,   (University of Göttingen) (Researcher)
  • Heike Trappe,   (University of Rostock) (Researcher)
  • Michael Wagner,   (University of Cologne) (Researcher)
  • Bettina Westle,   (University of Marburg) (Researcher)
  • Rolf Ziegler,   (University of Munich) (Researcher)
  • GETAS, Bremen (1980-84) GFM-GETAS (IPSOS), Hamburg (1988, 1998) INFAS, Bonn (1990, 2002) Infratest, Munich (1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000) TNS Infratest, Munich (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Social Policy
    • Society, Culture
    • Family
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
    • Medicine
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
    • Person, Personality, Role
    • Natural Environment, Nature
  • Abstract

    ALLBUScompact is offered as an alternative to the structurally more complex full version of ALLBUS. It addresses the needs of newcomers to data analysis by providing a simplified demography module containing an easily manageable group of the most important demographic indicators. All topical question modules not containing sensitive data are retained as in the ALLBUS full version (scientific use file). For a comprehensive description of study topics please compare Study No. 4584 (ALLBUS/GGSS 1980-2014).
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Resident population of the Federal Republic of Germany (until 1990: West Germany including West Berlin). As of 1991 the ALLBUS sample also includes foreigners living in Germany. Targeted individuals who did not have adequate knowledge of German to conduct the interview were treated as systematic unit non-responses.
Household samples: From 1980 to 1992 and in 1998, a multi-stage random sample of private households was conducted addressing all persons who were at least 18 years of age (ADM Sample Design). Person Samples: In 1994, 1996, and from 2000 a two-stage, disproportionate random sample was conducted in West Germany (including West Berlin) and East Germany (including East Berlin), comprising all persons living in private households who were at least 18 years old on 1 January of the year of the survey. In the first sample stage municipalities (Gemeinden) in western Germany and municipalities in eastern Germany were selected with a probability proportional to their number of adult residents; in the second sample stage individual persons were selected at random from the municipal registers of residents.
Collection Mode
  • Personal interview with standardized questionnaire (PAPI – Paper and Pencil Interviewing; since 2000: CAPI – Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing), supplementary data from accompanying ISSP surveys (self-completion questionnaires, drop off).
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 1161
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4585 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • ALLBUS (Type: FDZ)
  • Arno Bens 2006: Zur Auswertung haushaltsbezogener Merkmale mit dem ALLBUS 2004, in: ZA-Information 59: 143-156.
  • Achim Koch und Martina Wasmer 2004: Der ALLBUS als Instrument zur Untersuchung sozialen Wandels: Eine Zwischenbilanz nach 20 Jahren, in: Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Martina Wasmer und Achim Koch (Hg.), Sozialer und politischer Wandel in Deutschland. Analysen mit ALLBUS-Daten aus zwei Jahrzehnten, Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 13-42.
  • Michael Terwey 2000: ALLBUS: A German General Social Survey, in: Schmollers Jahrbuch 120(1): 151-158.
  • Michael Terwey 2003: Zum aktuellen Wandel im Zugriff auf ALLBUS-Materialien und zur ALLBUS-Nutzung in Publikationen, in: ZA-Information 53: 195-202.
  • Michael Terwey 2014: Zur Gewichtung von ALLBUS-Umfragedaten, in: Michael Terwey und Stefan Baltzer (Hg.), ALLBUS 1980-2012. Variable Report ZA-Nr. 4578, Köln: GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, iii-xxiii.
  • Michael Terwey, Horst Baumann und Michael Blohm 2011: Forschungsdatenzentrum ALLBUS : Jahresbericht 2010, Berichtszeitraum 01.01.2010-31.12.2010, GESIS Technical Report 2011/03.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2016-10-24

GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (2016): German General Social Survey - ALLBUScompact - Cumulation 1980-2014. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.