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The Potsdam Grievance Statistic File (PGSF)

Version
2.0.0
Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
Creator
  • Albrecht, Sophia (Universität Potsdam)
  • Class, Fabian (Universität Potsdam)
  • Feuerstein, Collin (Universität Potsdam)
  • Kohler, Ulrich (Universität Potsdam)
  • Krawietz, Marian (Universität Potsdam)
Other Title
  • Eingabestatistiken der DDR zwischen 1970 und 1989 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2020-10-13
Contributor
  • Principal investigators The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File (PGSF) was created as part of the project funded by the German Research Foundation "Spontane Revolution oder lange Wende? Eine soziologische Analyse der DDR und ihres Niedergangs auf Basis v (Data Collector)
Language
German
Classification
  • ZA:
    • Government, Political System
    • Society, Culture
    • Historical Social Research
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • History
    • Society and culture
    • Government, political systems and organisation
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. Topics: Regional classification: The data set contains several county and district identification numbers. Time variables that describe the time period for the reported number of Eingaben: start and end date of the reporting period for each observation; multi-year observation; middle date between the start and end date; year of the middle date; length of the reporting period. Variables regarding the number of Eingaben: total number of Eingaben during the reporting period; number of oral and written Eingaben; numbers of Eingaben by topic, social structure regarding people who submitted Eingaben. Variables regarding the validity of the reported numbers: difference between total number of Eingaben and sum of Eingaben by topic; indicator variable for a nonzero difference between total number of Eingaben and sum of Eingaben by topic; indicator variables for the source of the total number of Eingaben as well as the numbers of Eingaben by topic; indicator variable for missing subordinate institutions; Auxiliary variables: weight variable; resident population on the county-level.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-03-02 / 2015-04-30
  • 2016
    Spring
  • 2017
    Autumn
  • 2018
    Spring and Summer
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. The PGSF’s target population is N = 4372 county-years.
Sampling
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample Non-probability Sample: Availability Sample Based on the target population, a probability sample of n gross = 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 = 2833 county-years with information on 159 counties. The number of counties recorded per year varies between 106 in 1970 and 158 in 1986. In addition to the probability sample a convenience sample of 775 county-years was selected. This convenience sample contains information on another 45 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 The fieldwork consisted of several phases. These phases extended over the period from 2015 to 2018. 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.
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 249
Note
Using the data set, the citation of the following article is obligatory: Class, Fabian; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2018): The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File. New data on quality of life and political participation for the German Democratic Republic 1970–1989. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 51 (2), 92–114. https://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2018.1429970 The data set does not contain personal information. Additional commitments for the researcher due to privacy protection are therefore not needed.
Availability
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Rights
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6413 (Type: ZA-No.)
Relations
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12993
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12916
Publications
  • Class, Fabian; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2018): The Potsdam Grievance Statistics File. New data on quality of life and political participation for the German Democratic Republic 1970–1989. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 51 (2), 92–114. https://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2018.1429970
  • Albrecht, Sophia; Class, Fabian; Feuerstein, Collin; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2020): Potsdam Grievance Statistics File (PGSF): Codebuch und Methodenbericht. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA6413 Datenfile Version 2.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.4232/1.13615

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 9 | Registration Date: 2020-10-14

Albrecht, Sophia; Class, Fabian; Feuerstein, Collin; Kohler, Ulrich; Krawietz, Marian (2020): The Potsdam Grievance Statistic File (PGSF). Eingabestatistiken der DDR zwischen 1970 und 1989. Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.4232/1.13615