New data of the fourth wave of the DAB panel study

January 17, 2019

The DAB panel study has now published a fourth wave and slightly revised the first three waves. Since 2012, the DAB panel study has been collecting longitudinal data on the professional and school situation of young people in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. From a life course perspective, the DAB Panel makes a theoretical and empirical contribution to clarifying relevant […]

New data release of waves 6 and 7 of the Cohort 1 of the COCON study

January 17, 2019

COCON is a comparative longitudinal study that examines three age groups. Consult this page for more information on waves 6 and 7.  

New release of SHP data waves 1-19 on FORSbase

January 17, 2019

The 19th wave of the SHP data is now available on FORSbase. Check out the SHP_I data for the years 1999 through 2017, the SHP_II data for the years 2004 through 2017, the SHP interviewer data for the years 2000, and 2003 to 2017 as we as additional data such as imputed income data and new variables. We strongly recommend […]

Register now for the Second Swiss Longitudinal Data Fair !

December 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 !

December 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 […]

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

December 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:

Call for papers: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel

December 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 […]

Does Separation Affect Party Preferences?

December 1, 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 report examines Russian attitudes on welfare

November 30, 2018

Read the recently published report written by Michael Ochsner and Laura Ravazzini (FORS, Switzerland), Wim van Oorschot and Dimitri Gugushvili (KU Leuven, Belgium), Marcel Fink and Peter Grand (IHS, Austria) and Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre, Austria) on Russian versus European welfare attitudes. The first of two new publications based on European Social Survey (ESS) data has been produced by those […]

“Quality of Life 65+” 2018 prize was awarded by the Leenaards Foundation to SHARE

November 16, 2018

A “Quality of Life 65+” 2018 prize was awarded by the Leenaards Foundation to Jürgen Maurer, Professor of Economics at the HEC Faculty of the University of Lausanne and Alberto Holly, Honorary Professor at the same Faculty, as well as Carmen Borrat-Besson, Simon Seiler and Sarah Vilpert, FORS scientific staff. This prize is awarded to them for their research project […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]