The German Family Panel is a cooperation project that includes the University of Bremen, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the University of Cologne, and the LMU Munich (until 2011 also the University of Mannheim). The project is directed by Josef Brüderl (speaker), Sonja Drobnič, Karsten Hank, Franz J. Neyer, and Sabine Walper. Christiane Bozoyan and Claudia Schmiedeberg are in charge of coordinating all issues of content and methodological questions. The user support is under the direction of Nina Schumann and Kristin Hajek.
The project is in continuous exchange with its scientific advisory board. This board consists of seven experts of international standing with relevant experience in research and in the management of thematically related projects of similar significance, including the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study, the Longitudinal Study of Generations, and the German Socioeconomic Panel.
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The Research Data Center “FDZ pairfam” has been created in 2010 as part of the social science data infrastructure in Germany under the umbrella of the German Data Forum (RatSWD). At the same time, the German Family Panel is a representative of the Standing Committee Research Data Infrastructure of the German Data Forum.
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From 2009 to 2013, the additional panel project "Demographic Differences in Life Course Dynamics in Eastern and Western Germany" (DemoDiff) was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (MPIDR). The largely compatible panel data from this survey among eastern German anchor persons and their partners are included in the scientific use file. Since wave 5 the respondents of the DemoDiff sample have been fully integrated into the pairfam main sample.
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The survey fieldwork for pairfam is being conducted by Kantar Public (formerly TNS Infratest Sozialforschung) in Munich, which is one of the most powerful providers of social surveys in Germany.
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The distribution of the scientific use files is conducted by GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften e.V.. The German Family Panel pairfam is part of the GESIS Data Catalogue DBK (study number ZA5678).