Life in Eastern Germany 1994

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Empirisch-Methodische Arbeitsgruppe (EMMAG) am Sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungszentrum Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Empirisch-methodische Arbeitsgruppe am Sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungszentrum Berlin-Brandenburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economics
  • Abstract

    Social change in Eastern Germany during political and economic transformation. Topics: Hopes and fears; importance of selected areas of life such as work, partnership, education, social security, health, residence, religion, environment, leisure time; general contentment with life; materialism and postmaterialism; current subjective classification of social class and approx. 10 years ago; extent to which informed about the system of social security, culture and leisure selection, problems with children, qualification and education opportunities, healthful way of life, work law, partner relations, work, environmental protection, establishment of wages and prices, housing market; attitude to foreigners (scale); views on structuring life; time horizons; building loan contract, life insurance or loans; satisfaction with selected sides of life (scale); change of satisfaction in individual areas of life (scale); assumed satisfaction of other groups; reasons for unemployment; fear of personal unemployment; acceptance of conditions to avoid of personal unemployment; reasons for unsuccessful search for work so far; preferred leisure activities (scale); party membership or party sympathies; membership in clubs, trade unions, citizen initiatives; willingness to participate in various organizations; understanding of democracy; interest in politics; expectations of family and friends of one's conduct; assessment of personal economic situation, of the state and of the Federal Republic; duration of income equalization East-West; status and extent of achievement of equivalent living conditions for East and West; German unification as gain or loss; attempt to change situation in various areas of life; expected social changes in the next few years; desire for children; change in desire for children since unification; temporal deferral of fulfillment of the desire for children; future development of birth rate in Eastern Germany; time worked each week; shift work or flextime; work on the weekend; limited work contract; changes of occupational demands in comparison to the time before the turning point; the route to work; desire for part-time work, "jobbing", not working at all; preferred arrangement of working hours; arrangement of working hours in Germany; protection of jobs and reduction in unemployment through reduction in working hours; reduction of working life, annual and weekly time worked; acceptance of new arrangements of working hours to protect one's own job; personal unemployment; future employment situation; religious community; sources of income (scale); number of children in household; financial possibility to satisfy needs; tenancy; desire to purchase residence; residential furnishings; self-assessment of condition of health; change of instinctive relations to various groups of persons since unity of Germany.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-05 / 1994-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    Eastern Germany
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship living in private households and 18 years old or older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1503
    Number of Variables: 334
See the studies "Life in the GDR 1990", ZA Study No. 6873; "Life in Eastern Germany 1991", ZA Study No. 6314; "Life in Eastern Germany 1992", ZA Study No. 6346; "Life in Eastern Germany 1993", ZA Study No. 6600; "Life in Eastern Germany 1995", ZA Study No. 6602; "Life in Eastern Germany 1996", ZA Study No. 6665. The cumulated data sets 1990-1993 and 1996 are archived under ZA Study No. 6666. The "Women Report - Brandenburg 1991" is archived under ZA Study No. 6315.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6601 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kurz-Scherf, I.; Winkler, Gunnar (Hrsg.): Sozialreport 1994: Daten und Fakten zur sozialen Lage in den neuen Bundesländern. Berlin 1994.
  • Bräuer, H.; Brandt, H.-J.; Enderlein, G.; Mann, A.; Schubert, R.: Leben´94 - Leben in Ostdeutschland. Daten und Feldbericht. Berlin 1994. GESIS-Außenstelle, Bereich Zentralarchiv: FOB-2059.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22