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Education, Training, and Occupation: Life Courses of the 1964 and 1971 Birth Cohorts in West Germany (Life History Study LV-West 64/71)

Research Question

The survey data contain information from over 2,909 life courses and allow detailed longitudinal analyses particularly of training behavior, labor market entry and occupational careers as well as processes of family formation in the 1980s and 1990s.

Test Language


Test Period

06.1998 - 02.1999

Test Area

Germany (DE)

Population / Sample

Persons with German citizenship and German speaking immigrants born in 1964 and 1971 / Probability Sample: Two-Stage Stratified Sample

Sample Size

n = 2,909 target persons

Survey Procedure and Instruments

Face-to-face interview: CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview)
Telephone Interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)

Persistent Identifier


Data Accessible via Research Data Centre

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

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Selection of Publications using the Data

Hillmert, S., Künster, R., Spengemann, P. & Mayer, K. U. (2004). Projekt "Ausbildungs-und Berufsverläufe der Geburtskohorten 1964 und 1971 in Westdeutschland". Dokumentation. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung. (In German)

Mayer, K. U. (2010). Annäherungen an den Geburtsjahrgang 1971. In T. Beckers, K. Birkelbach, J. Hagenah, & U. Rosar (Hrsg.), Komparative empirische Sozialforschung (S.65-90). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. (In German)

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