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

October 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 […]

State institutions and social trust among Swiss citizens

October 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 […]

The 10th anniversary of FORS. Insights into the history of its origins

September 20, 2018

On September 12, 2018 FORS celebrated its 10th anniversary with the symposium “The future of data collection in the social sciences”. Here is a review of the impressive history of FORS with the presentation “The Long and Winding Road that led to FORS” by the founding director of FORS, Prof. Dr. Peter Farago. The presentation    

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 […]

Special issue for the 20th birthday of the Swiss Household Panel

September 18, 2018

In 2019, the Swiss Household Panel celebrates its 20th birthday. On this occasion, the Swiss Journal of Sociology invites for contributions to an anniversary issue. The contributions should focus on social dynamics and make use of the longitudinal character of the panel data. Guest editors: Robin Tillmann (FORS) Monica Budowski (Université de Fribourg) Dean R. Lillard (Ohio State University) Annette […]

Households and 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 […]