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Survey “Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe”: Data Set and Data Report Published

Date 08 Nov 2016

A scientific use file of the longitudinal data of the second wave of the study ”Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe – Modern Mobile Living and its Relation to Quality of Life“ is now available. The study, which is coordinated by the BiB, looks at the causes and consequences of job-related spatial mobility in four European countries.

Different forms of job-related spatial mobility were examined such as long-distance commuting, business travel and relocations. Besides the motives for mobility, special focus has been drawn on the consequences of high spatial mobility for subjective well-being, family life, work as well as social integration.

The first wave of the survey was conducted in 2007 in six countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. 7,220 randomly selected people have been interviewed. A second wave with 1,735 persons was conducted in Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland between 2010 and 2012. Aside from re-interviewing the participants from the first wave, an additional survey of almost 500 first-time interviewed highly mobile persons was carried out in Germany and France. Highly mobile persons are defined as employed persons with long commutes, the necessity for frequent overnight stays or who have relocated to another region due to their job.

The new scientific use file can be requested from GESIS under the study number ZA 5066 (doi:10.4232/1.12644). It offers the complete data set of the first and second wave. Besides that, the second wave features a collection of extensive retrospective data about spatial mobility, employment, partnership and family. Furthermore, it includes new content with topics such as social integration, volunteerism and social mobility.

With this data it is possible for the first time to look at mobility experiences over the whole working life. The mobility pattern of long-distance commuters, for example, shows that these people started being mobile quite early in their careers. On average, they commuted for 14 years. In comparison with other mobility patterns this group consists of more men, persons without a university degree and single mothers.

The accompanying data report* features a description of the forms of mobility investigated in the follow-up and the additional surveys, the contents of the questionnaire, the sampling procedure, the fieldwork, the sample dropouts and the weighting of the data.

* Rüger, Heiko; Pfaff, Simon; Skora, Thomas; Schneider, Norbert F. (2016): Job Mobilities and Family Lives in Europe – Second Wave: Panel Data Set & Oversampling. BiB Daten- und Methodenberichte 3/2016. Wiesbaden: Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung

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