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The Potsdam Grievance Statistic File (PGSF)

Version
1.0.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Krawietz, Marian (Universität Potsdam)
  • Kohler, Ulrich (Universität Potsdam)
  • Class, Fabian (Universität Potsdam)
  • Albrecht, Sophia (Universität Potsdam)
Publication Date
2018-01-10
Contributor
  • Principal investigators Data collection was financed by the DFG-Project ´Spontanous Revolution or long term´ (KO 2293/01). (Data Collector)
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Government, Political System
    • Society, Culture
    • Historical Social Research
Description
  • Abstract

    The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File (PGSF) is a historical data collection of complaints, so-called Eingaben, made in the GDR. Eingaben were formulated verbally or in written form by GDR citizens and addressed to the GDR's authorities. The state counted and categorized these grievances and compiled grievance statistics. The PGSF comprises grievance statistics for the period 1970--1989. The data set is based on a probability sample of counties that existed in 1990. In addition, the PGSF contains a convenience sample of counties for 1970-1989.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-03-02 / 2015-04-30
    additional fieldwork unsystematically until Spring 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampled Universe
In the PGSF a research unit is defined as a county-year. A county-year refers to a county (urban or rural county) in a specific year from 1970--1989 in the German Democratic Republik. The PGSF's target population is N=4372 county-years.
Sampling
Probability Sample Non-probability Sample: Availability Sample Based on the target population a probability sample of brutto = 3260 county-years was selected. All years of those counties containing a starting address of the German Socio-Economic Panel´s sample C were selected. The realized net sample consists of n=2499 county-years with information on 155 counties. The number of counties recorded per year varies between 83 in 1970 and 142 in 1986. In addition to the probability sample a convenience sample of 635 county-years was selected. This convenience sample contains information on another 40 counties. The PGSF is organized as spell data because not every observation could uniquely be assigned to a single calendar year.
Collection Mode
  • Content Coding Aggregation In the course of the fieldwork archival materials were collected from various East German state, county and city archives. The materials were digitized and then transferred into a data set, the PGSF. Fieldwork took place mainly in March and April 2015.
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 179
Note
The data does not contain personal information on individual level. Additional commitments for the researcher due to privacy protection are therefore not needed. Using the dataset the citation of the following article is obligatory: Class, Fabian; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2017): The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File. New Data on Quality of Life and Political Participation for the German Democratic Republic 1970–1989, in: Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History.
Availability
Delivery
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.
Rights
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 https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/guidelines.asp
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6413 (Type: ZA-No.)
Publications
  • Class, Fabian; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2017): The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File. New Data on Quality of Life and Political Participation for the German Democratic Republic 1970–1989, in: Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History.
  • Krawietz, Marian; Kohler, Ulrich; Class, Fabian; Albrecht, Sophia (2017): Der Potsdamer Datensatz der Eingabestatistiken - The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File (PGSF) - Codebuch und Methodenbericht. Köln: Gesis Datenarchiv.

Update Metadata: 2018-02-19 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2018-01-10

Krawietz, Marian; Kohler, Ulrich; Class, Fabian; Albrecht, Sophia (2018): The Potsdam Grievance Statistic File (PGSF) - Eingabestatistiken der DDR zwischen 1970 und 1989. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.12916