Social Inequality in East Germany 1980–2000

The Material Situations of Employee Households in Changing Times

Associated PhD project

Within this PhD project, the socio–economic situations of East German employee households from 1980 until 2000—thus embedding the epochal break of 1989/90—will be researched. By focusing on material resources (household income, housing situation, saturation with technical consumer goods), the key determining factor for social inequality will be examined.

Therefore, data about the main social–economic indicators will be compiled by recourse to material produced by statistical authorities and sociological establishments of the former GDR as well as data collected after 1989/90 (for instance from the German Socio–Economic Panel Study (SOEP)). The next step is to connect the data to coherent time series for the eighties and nineties in East Germany.

These data series will be analysed within the framework of economic, social and political changes in the period under scrutiny in order to explore interdependences between overall societal factors and the development within employee households. Consequently, determining factors of social situations and inequalities—on both macro–level and micro–level—can be identified.

While combining methods of social research and history, the knowledge about socio–economic processes of East Germany’s transformation will be expanded. Not least, a contribution towards understanding today’s problem situations in East Germany will be made.

bution towards understanding today’s problem situations in East Germany will be made.

Christopher Banditt

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 2.04
Phone: 0331/74510-131
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: banditt [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Social Inequality in East Germany 1980–2000

The Material Situations of Employee Households in Changing Times

Associated PhD project

Within this PhD project, the socio–economic situations of East German employee households from 1980 until 2000—thus embedding the epochal break of 1989/90—will be researched. By focusing on material resources (household income, housing situation, saturation with technical consumer goods), the key determining factor for social inequality will be examined.

Therefore, data about the main social–economic indicators will be compiled by recourse to material produced by statistical authorities and sociological establishments of the former GDR as well as data collected after 1989/90 (for instance from the German Socio–Economic Panel Study (SOEP)). The next step is to connect the data to coherent time series for the eighties and nineties in East Germany.

These data series will be analysed within the framework of economic, social and political changes in the period under scrutiny in order to explore interdependences between overall societal factors and the development within employee households. Consequently, determining factors of social situations and inequalities—on both macro–level and micro–level—can be identified.

While combining methods of social research and history, the knowledge about socio–economic processes of East Germany’s transformation will be expanded. Not least, a contribution towards understanding today’s problem situations in East Germany will be made.

bution towards understanding today’s problem situations in East Germany will be made.

Christopher Banditt

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room 2.04
Phone: 0331/74510-131
Fax: 0331/74510-143

Email: banditt [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung