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Research Data Center of the German Family Panel (FDZ pairfam)

The German Family Panel pairfam (Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics) is a multidisciplinary, multi-actor, longitudinal study for the analysis of private living arrangements in Germany. Funded as a long-term project by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it was launched in 2008 with a baseline sample of 12,402 randomly selected anchor respondents in three cohorts born between 1971-1973, 1981-1983, and 1991-1993. The study is designed to run for 14 years with annually conducted interviews. The parallel inclusion of partners, parents, and children of anchor persons (when applicable) allows researchers to study attitudes and mutual interdependencies of family members as they develop over time and in different phases of life. The survey data are available as a scientific use file.

According to the criteria of the German Data Forum, the Research Data Center pairfam facilitates access to the fully processed and documented data of the German Family Panel for scientific research purposes. It also provides extensive support to data user with regularly conducted data workshops and user conferences, an up-to-date website and a hotline for individual user support.

Access to the pairfam data requires signing a data use agreement, which authorises researchers to pass on the data to other researchers. Detailed information on data access as well as all relevant forms are available the project website. In addition, secure on-site workstations in Bremen, Jena, Cologne and Munich (Germany) may be used to work with pairfam dataset enriched with numerous regional indicators.

You may contact the pairfam project coordinator directly:

Available Data

Available data: 

Data on persons and couples: anchor person and partner, parents, children (survey waves 1 to 10), incl. complementary study DemoDiff and subsample step-up respondents