Register now for the Second Swiss Longitudinal Data Fair !

Dezember 13, 2018

Second Swiss Longitudinal Data Fair, February 14, 2019, University of Lausanne Searching for the right longitudinal data for your doctoral work or new research project? This one-day event will include presentations and posters on various major Swiss longitudinal surveys in the social sciences, including TREE, the Swiss Household Panel, SHARE, CoCon and the LABB of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office […]

The special issue on the 2015 Swiss Elections is out now !

Dezember 11, 2018

This special issue brings together a large variety of contributions dealing with party choice, political attitudes and the dynamics of electoral campaigns in Switzerland. The articles in this volume address central issues of the literature dealing with the two-dimensional structure of political competition, take up key questions of the dynamics of election campaigns, and finally echo a large interest for […]

Does Separation Affect Party Preferences?

Dezember 6, 2018

In a recently published article based on SHP data, Marieke Voorpostel, Hilde Coffe, and Ursina Kuhn show that separation from marital and cohabiting relationships has an impact on political party preferences. As the SHP follows households over time, they could take a dynamic approach, following couples over time and through separation. Their study shows that partnered individuals are more likely […]

New article: The (In)stability of Voters’ Perceptions of Competence and Associative Issue Ownership: The Role of Media Campaign Coverage

Dezember 6, 2018

Check out the new article by Anke Tresch, project director of the Swiss Election Study Selects at FORS & Alexandra Feddersen „The (In)stability of Voters’ Perceptions of Competence and Associative Issue Ownership: The Role of Media Campaign Coverage“ in the T&F Journal Political Communication. The full article can be viewed here:

Neuer Bericht untersucht die russische Einstellung zum Thema Wohlbefinden

November 30, 2018

Lesen Sie den kürzlich veröffentlichten Bericht von Michael Ochsner und Laura Ravazzini (FORS, Schweiz), Wim van Oorschot und Dimitri Gugushvili (KU Leuven, Belgien), Marcel Fink und Peter Grand (IHS, Österreich) sowie Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre, Österreich) zum Thema russisches versus europäisches Wohlbefinden. Zum Bericht

Soziale Dynamiken verstehen: 20 Jahre Schweizer Haushaltpanel

November 20, 2018

2019 feiert das Schweizer Haushaltspanel seinen 20. Geburtstag. Für das Jubiläum laden wir Beiträge für ein Sonderheft in der Schweizerischen Zeitschrift für Soziologie ein. Die Beiträge sollten auf soziale Dynamiken fokussieren und den longitudinalen Charakter der Paneldaten nutzen. Gast-HerausgeberInnen : Robin Tillmann (Schweizer Kompetenzzentrum Sozialwissenschaften FORS), Monica Budowski (Universität Fribourg), Dean R. Lillard (Ohio State University), Annette Scherpenzeel […]

Der diesjährige Preis “Qualité de vie 65+” 2018 der Stiftung Leenaards geht an SHARE

November 16, 2018

Jürgen Maurer, Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre an der HEC-Fakultät der Universität Lausanne und Alberto Holly, Honorarprofessor an der gleichen Fakultät, sowie Carmen Borrat-Besson, Simon Seiler und Sarah Vilpert, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter von FORS, erhielten von der Leenaards Foundation den Preis „Quality of Life 65+“ 2018. Dieser Preis wird ihnen im Rahmen der Befragung SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) […]

Call for papers: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel

November 1, 2018

10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel. The special anniversary edition of the 10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland will inclucde plenary sessions (keynote speakers to be announced), thematic sessions and a poster session. The thematic sessions cover a variety of topics, such as health and well-being, education […]

Final release of ISSP 2016 (Role of Government V) published

Oktober 26, 2018

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2016 Role of Government V data file, including data from Switzerland and 34 other ISSP member countries worldwide. Data access is offered online via the GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK, study number ZA6900) at: Overview information on this […]

10 Jahre FORS. Ein Rückblick auf die Entstehungsgeschichte

September 20, 2018

Am 12. September 2018 feierte FORS sein 10 -lähriges Bestehen mit dem Symposium „The future of data collection in the social sciences“. Hier ein Rückblick auf die eindrückliche Entstehungsgeschichte von FORS mit dem Referat „The Long and Winding Road that led to FORS“ vom Gründungsdirektor Prof. Dr. Peter Farago. Zum Rückblick  

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

September 18, 2018

Edited by Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, and Peter Farago, this book uses longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course. It is open access and describes how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen […]

Senior Software Engineer (80-100%)

September 18, 2018

Are you an enthusiastic, talented and experienced software engineer, at ease with the latest web technologies and OOP? Are you willing to take a role in the design and implementation of the next generation of web applications and infrastructures to be used by different research communities and to learn about social science and other research domains? Then join FORS IT […]

Sonderheft zum 20. Geburtstag des Schweizer Haushalt-Panels

September 18, 2018

2019 feiert das Schweizer Haushalt-Panel seinen 20. Geburtstag. Für das Jubiläum laden wir Beiträge für ein Sonderheft in der Schweizer Zeitschrift für Soziologie ein. Die Beiträge sollten auf soziale Dynamiken fokussieren und den longitudinalen Charakter der Paneldaten nutzen. Gast-HerausgeberInnen: Robin Tillmann (FORS) Monica Budowski (Universität Fribourg) Dean R. Lillard (Ohio State University) Annette Scherpenzeel (Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik) Boris […]

Financial difficulties

August 19, 2018

Hard times. How do Households Cope with Financial Difficulties? Based on six waves of the Swiss Household Panel (2010-2015), Piotr Białowolski investigates in his study the impact of debt arrears and various consequential compensatory actions on self-reported satisfaction with life and the financial situation. The study confirmed that severe debt problems disproportionally affected self-reported satisfaction measures. Responses to arrears, if representing likely long-term […]

State institutions and social trust among Swiss citizens

August 10, 2018

Social trust has typically been considered a deep-seated, thus stable, disposition. However, in accordance with institutional theory, a recent finding provides strong evidence for a causal influence of trust in state institutions on social trust Denmark, indicating that trust in other people might be malleable through the quality of state institutions. However, it remains unclear whether this finding can be […]