GESIS Panel - Campus File

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • GESIS Panel Team
Publication Date
  • Recruitment Interview: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich Following Waves: GESIS Panel (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
    • Work and Industry
    • Patterns of Consumption
    • Saving, Investment of Money
    • Community, Living Environment
    • Medicine
    • Leisure
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
    • Person, Personality, Role
    • Natural Environment, Nature
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • General health
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Information society
    • Mass media
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Elections
    • Psychology
    • Transport, travel and mobility
    • Natural environment
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Consumption/consumer behaviour
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Economic systems and development
    • Environmental degradation/pollution and protection
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    The following description of the contents begins with the most recent wave. Part of every survey for all respondents (except in the Recruitment Interview): mode of invitation; mode of participation; date of the beginning an the end of the fieldwork; AAPOR wave code; survey evaluation (interesting, diverse, important for science, long, difficult, too personal) and overall survey evaluation; comprehensability of the questions; conceptual stimulus of the question (through wave bb); break during the survey and its duration; other people present during the interview; participation location (from home or from another place); participation device; feedback of the respondent; date on which the questionnaire was completed; estimated duration; starting with wave bd: difficulties to understand the questionnaire; difficulties to find answers. Wave bf: Panel survey participation; evaluation; mode preferences. Internet access; internet usage. Inheritance taxes and motives of intergenerational transfers within families. Memory: Metacognitive Prospective Memory Battery (MPMB). Demography (update). Wave be: Media Usage: Social network usage. Work and Leisure. Pro-environmental Behavior in High Cost Situations: financial investments. Leisure travel; Subjective well-being. Wave bd: Personality and personal values. Beauty-related actions: Social and individual predictors of doing beauty. Conceptions of democracy: Citizens conception of democracy; Political participation. Leisure travel; Subjective well-being. Wave bc: Environment and society: Environmental attitudes and behavior. Elections in the European Union. A short version of the Metacognitive Prospective Memory Battery (MPMBs). Leisure travel; Subjective well-being. Wave bb: Social and political participation. Elections in the European Union. International panel comparison: online part of the GESIS Panel, the GIP in Germany, the Dutch LISS Panel, and the ELIPSS in France. Positive and negative affect schedule (PANAS) scale. Additional survey evaluation. Wave ba: Subjective well-being. Environmental spatial strategies. Question design experiments: Cross-national replication. Additional survey evaluation. Welcoming Interview: Media usage: Sources; Political interest. Place of residence: Characteristics of and personal satisfaction with the residential environment. Leisure and work: Priorities; Concepts. Recruitment Interview: Life satisfaction; Social trust; Internet usage; Work and leisure; Invitation to the panel; Demography.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-06-08 / 2013-12-01
    Recruitment Interview
  • 2013-06-26 / 2014-01-31
    Welcome Survey
  • 2014-02-19 / 2014-04-15
    wave ba
  • 2014-04-16 / 2014-06-17
    wave bb
  • 2014-06-18 / 2014-08-12
    wave bc
  • 2014-08-13 / 2014-10-14
    wave bd
  • 2014-10-15 / 2014-12-16
    wave be
  • 2014-12-17 / 2015-02-17
    wave bf
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German speaking population aged between 18 and 70 years (at the time of recruitment) and permanently residing in Germany
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Stratified Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Recruitment Interview: Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) Following Waves: Self-administered questionnaire: CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing) Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 1192
The GESIS Panel Campus File is intended for teaching purposes only. It provides interested parties, such as students or lecturers, the opportunity to work with an easily accessible, high quality, panel data set that should satisfy many requirements put forth by the interested parties’ teaching curriculum. In exchange for easy accessibility the GESIS Panel Campus File only contains selected portions of the original GESIS Panel scientific use file (ZA5665), the exact content of which will be discussed in the following section. Researchers interested in using GESIS Panel data for scientific publication purposes should use the full data set, either the GESIS Panel Standard Edition or the GESIS Panel Extended Edition. The data users are strongly advised not to use the GESIS Panel Campus File for scientific publications other than for teaching purposes. Documentation and Data Access In order to ensure the anonymity of our panelists the GESIS Panel Campus File only contains a random 25% sample of all panel members who were still active at the start of the respective year. In other words, the Campus File for the year 2014, contains panel members who were still active in wave “ba” (N=4888). For the current Campus File the final sample size is N=1222, compared to the original sample size of N=7599 in the scientific use file (GESIS Panel Standard Edition: ZA5665) this Campus File is based on. Furthermore, selected demographic variables, such as age, weight and height, have been recoded into fewer categories in consideration of privacy concerns. These variables are denoted with a “z” at the end of their name. The last difference between the scientific use file and the Campus File is that latter does not include paradata (studies zr, zs and zp). For an exact documentation of studies and variables included in this year’s GESIS Panel Campus File consult the study description and codebook.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5666 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bosnjak, Michael; Dannwolf, Tanja; Enderle, Tobias; Schauer, Ines; Struminskaya, Bella; Tanner, Angela und Weyandt, Kai W. (2017): Establishing an open probability-based mixed-mode panel of the general population in Germany: The GESIS Panel. Social Science Computer Review, 36(1).

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2017-06-20