SoSe 14: Longitudinal analysis of family trends and processes: Applications to the Socio-Economic Panel
The seminar provides an overview of how questions of family change in European societies can be investigated from a longitudinal perspective. It will provide theoretical and methodological insights ... read more
The seminar provides an overview of how questions of family change in European societies can be investigated from a longitudinal perspective. It will provide theoretical and methodological insights into the challenges of investigating family trends and period effects, such as the economic crisis, on family composition and behaviour. Furthermore, it will introduce the life course perspective and how it can be applied to analysing family processes, such as the transition to parenthood or intergenerational transmission of family behaviour. After an introduction to theoretical and methodological approaches which are specific to longitudinal studies, students will be asked to choose a family issue or question of their own interest and analyse it using the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP).
The SOEP is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households in Germany, which have been interviewed anually since 1984. Some of the many topics include household composition, employment, earnings, leisure, health and satisfaction indicators. In order to be able to analyse the SOEP data for their own project, students are required to have a good knowledge of statistical methods (i.e. linear regression models) and a basic knowledge of the software STATA.