Microdata from the first survey year in 1996 comprises information from oral, face-to-face interviews as well as self-administered questionnaires of the base sample 1996 (B-1996). It originates from a register sampling of the German population living in private households, birth cohorts 1911-1956, disproportionably stratified according to age (40-54, 55-69, 70-85 years old), sex and geographical location (East/West) (n=4.838).
Respondents have been asked for information on the following topics:
- employment and retirement
- generations, family and social networks
- leisure activities and volunteer work
- housing situation and mobility
- economic situation and economic behaviour
- subjective wellbeing and quality of life
- health and health behaviour
- need of assistance and need of care
- attitudes, norms, values and images of age and ageing
DEAS microdata is available free of charge to scientific researchers for non-profitable purposes. For reasons of data protection, signing a data distribution contract is required prior to obtaining the data.
The application form for usage of the DEAS data is here: Application Form.
Data of the survey year 2014 is available in Stata- and SPSS-format. After signing the data distribution contract, the data can be downloaded directly from the internal download area free of charge.