This online-tutorial consists of 10 short videos introducing the design, samples, available variables, and data sets of the German Family Panel pairfam, as well as explanations of codes for missing values, data access, and available documentation.


What is pairfam?

What is the pairfam study, and who, when, how, and what exactly is surveyed as part of the study? Presentation and script


Sample description and panel maintenance

Sampling of anchor and alteri respondents, incentives and panel maintenance measures to ensure panel participation. Presentation and script


Sample development and response rates

Sample development, response and attrition rates of anchor and alteri respondents, including the DemoDiff and Step-up subsamples. Presentation and script


Data sets

Overview of the data sets included in the pairfam Scientific Use File available to the scientific community. Presentation and script


Variable types and names

Description of variable types and naming convention. Presentation and script


Event history calendar

Content and handling of the Event History Calendar, which is part of the survey variables for anchor respondents. Presentation and script

Additional variables

Detailed explanation of other variables types in addition to survey variables and their order in the data sets. Presentation and script


Missing values and filter missings

Explanation of different missing codes and filter missings. Presentation and script



Describes available documentation of the pairfam project and where to find it. Presentation and script


Data access

Description of different data user types, access regulations, citation rules, rights and duties as a data user. Presentation and script