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Generations and Gender Programme  , GGP

    For details on all aspects of this database, see GGP and UNECE

1. General description

    The Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) is a longitudinal survey containing respondents between the ages of 18-79 years old. The GGP aims to improve our understanding of the various factors which affect the relationships between parents and children (generations) and between partners (gender). The topics include topics such as fertility, partnership, economic activities and care duties. The GGP is accompanied by the Contextual Database (CBD) which holds macro-level data on legal norms and regulations, social norms, measures of welfare state policies and general economic and cultural indicators.The GGP is coordinated by the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), the scientific development is coordinated by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI).


    Here we focus on the GGP survey. For more information on the statistical data, see the GGP Contextual Database in the subcategories Income and Benefits, Social Care, Work and Employment, Demographics, Economy and Trade, Education, Finance and Health and Safety in our category 'Indicators & Statistics'.


    For more information on the policy data, see the GGP Contextual Database in the subcategories Income and Benefits, Social Care, Education and Health in our category 'Policies & Institutions'.

2. Survey type

  • Cross-national
  • Longitudinal panel survey, with waves every three years (survey years differ per country)
  • Representative national samples, 18-79 years of age
  • Single core questionnaire and four optional modules: 
  • Nationality and ethnicity
  • Previous partners
  • Intentions of breaking up
  • Housing

3. Participating countries

  • Wave 1: 19 countries
  • All countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden. 
  • Wave 2: 12 countries
  • All countries: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands and Russia. 
  • Wave 3: more then 20 countries in 2020

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

    • Respondent: Age, sex, education, income, work and employment, marital status, number of children, socio-economic status
    • Partner: Age, sex, education, income, work and employment, marital status, number of children
    • Parents: Age, education, work and employment
    • Children: Age, sex, work and employment
    • Household: Age of members, sex of members, relationship of members to respondent, composition, work and employment of members

b. General

    Children, partnerships, household organisation and partnership quality, parents and parental home, fertility, health and well-being, household possessions, value orientations and attitudes

    Optional modules: nationality and ethnicity, partnership history, intentions of breaking up

c. Regarding work and welfare

    Task division regarding childcare and household tasks, the combination of children and work, health and personal care, possibility of parental, maternal or childcare leave at current employer, use of leave, previous employment, work situation (working hours, location, type of contract, sector), retirement, income (sources, organisation, total), making ends meet, important aspects of jobs, governmental responsibility regarding social care, income and transfers

    Optional modules: housing arrangements

    5. Questionnaires available

      • Yes, downloadable in PDF format for the first, second and third wave from GGP.
        National questionnaires are available for the first two waves only.

      6. Keyword search in questionnaires

        No

      7. Data available

      • One can apply for the dataset of the first and second wave; at: GGP
      • Data from the third wave is not available yet
      • After registration, free of charge

      8. Online data analysis

        • Yes, at GGP 
        • Descriptives, tabulation, correlations and regressions
        • Free of charge, no registration required