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Living in the GDR

Resource Type
  • Krawietz, Marian (Universität Potsdam)
  • Goebel, Jan (DIW Berlin)
  • Albrecht, Sophia (Universität Potsdam)
  • Class, Fabian (Universität Potsdam)
  • Kohler, Ulrich (Universität Potsdam)
Publication Date
  • SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel
Funding Reference
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    • Award Number: 267795588
  • GESIS:
    • Social Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
Controlled Keywords
  • TheSozWiss:
    • transformation
  • Abstract

    Two intentions were intended with the creation of the data set:

    1. to validate the data set "The Potsdam Grievance Statistic File (PGSF) - Input statistics ("Eingabestatistiken") of the GDR between 1970 and 1989" (Krawietz et al, 2018).
    2. A retrospective survey of former citizens of the GDR on GDR from today's perspective.

    Main topics of the data set

    • Life and life satisfaction in the GDR
    • Participation in social and political life
    • Mobility behaviour and intentions, escape
    • Experience with control, surveillance and imprisonment
    • Occupational sector and employment status 1989
Temporal Coverage
  • 2018 / 2018
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe

Persons lived in the former GDR before 1990, born before 1973 and part of the SOEP respondents in 2018.

Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2315
    Number of Variables: 132
  • Is part of
    DOI: 10.5684/soep.v35 (Dataset)
  • Krawietz, Marian; Kohler, Ulrich; Class, Fabian; Albrecht, Sophia: The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File - Eingabestatistiken der DDR zwischen 1970 und 1989. Köln: GESIS Datenarchiv, Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, Volume ZA6413 Datenfile Version 1.1.0, 2018, p. 92-114.. ISSN 0161-5440 (Report)
    • ID: 10.4232/1.12993 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-02-24 | Issue Number: 30 | Registration Date: 2020-02-24

Krawietz, Marian; Goebel, Jan; Albrecht, Sophia; Class, Fabian; Kohler, Ulrich (2019): Leben in der ehemaligen DDR. Zusatzfragebogen im Rahmen der Befragung LEBEN IN DEUTSCHLAND 2018. Version: 1. SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel. Dataset.