The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin and the University of Bremen are working together to develop a household panel study on the topic of social cohesion. The survey is being conducted by the infas Institute for Applied Social Science under the name “Zusammenleben in Deutschland,” or “Living Together in Germany.”
The University of Bremen is taking part in the project as a participant in the BMBF-funded “Research Institute for Social Cohesion” (FGZ), which also includes ten other research institutions in Germany. The central data center of the FGZ is also located at the University of Bremen.
The Cohesion Panel is a SOEP-related study: It is designed around the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) and includes key content from the regular SOEP surveys. For the Cohesion Panel, a representative sample of the adult German population was obtained from Germany’s official registration offices. All adult household members are interviewed (individual questionnaire) in addition to one member of each household who provides information on the household as a whole and on the children living in it (household questionnaire). The survey was launched in summer 2021 and will (initially) consist of four annual survey waves. The questionnaire contains core questions from SOEP-IS on the household’s socio-economic situation and individual attitudes towards issues of social cohesion, which will be repeated annually. In addition, it contains different thematic modules each year.
The Cohesion Panel creates a database for systematic analysis of the relationship between socio-economic living conditions, individual lifestyles, values and attitudes toward specific groups and society, and people’s political orientations and behaviors. This will provide the basis for studying questions of social cohesion at the levels of individuals, groups, and networks and for explaining finding through parameters of structural situations and cultural dispositions.
To conduct research on social practices and interactions, the project will test innovations in content and methodology that can be used in further developing the content and methodologies used in main SOEP surveys (SOEP-Core) and the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) in the areas of social and political attitudes as well as personality and satisfaction.
The project’s scientific objectives: