For orientation purposes here you can find an overview of the available pairfam materials. Furthermore, we present a short introduction (Quick Guide) and commented syntax files (Quick Starts) that facilitate starting working with the pairfam data. 
→ Getting Started

The codebooks document the pairfam questionnaires, separately for each wave and respondent group.
→ Questionnaire

The pairfam variables are searchable on Here you can find online information on the variables in pairfam. This includes search functions, frequency distributions of variables, and comparisons of value labels over waves. Additionally we still provide variable lists as an overview of the complete set of variables with names and labels over all waves.
→ Variables

The data manual explains the structure of the datasets and provides a detailed description of the data-editing procedures undertaken. The data manual also contains relevant notes on generated variables and datasets, paradata, the computation and use of weighting factors, and the handling of biographical episode data. 
→ Data Manual

The scales manual contains guidelines regarding the creation of index variables and scales on the basis of instruments used in the German Family Panel. It provides information regarding the sources of these index variables, their corresponding items, and the reliability scores. 
→ Scales Manual

The technical papers are prepared by the pairfam team in order to point the users to some important notes and assistances with regard to data preparation and data analysis.  
→ Technical Papers

The methods reports prepared by Kantar Public (formerly TNS Infratest Sozialforschung) document the organization and realization of fieldwork reaching from sampling strategies, the use of incentives and the follow-up concepts to response rates, interview duration measures and procedures to increase panel stability.  
→ Method Reports