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International Social Justice Project, 1996 and 2000 [Germany] (ICPSR 22750)

Principal Investigator(s): Wegener, Bernd, Humbolt University of Berlin; International Social Justice Project (ISJP)


The International Social Justice Project (ISJP) is a collaborative effort among 13 countries to conduct a comparative study of popular perceptions of economic and social justice in advanced industrialized nations. For this collection, the 1996 and 2000 merged data includes only the country of Germany. The survey, which employed standardized survey procedures and data collection instruments across all countries, focused on normative social justice concepts such as entitlement, equality of economic opportunity, and reward distribution. The study design provides analysis of normative justice at a micro level, involving respondents' evaluation of justice or rewards received by individuals and small groups, and at a macro level, through the evaluation of fairness of reward distribution at the aggregate or societal level. Variables in the dataset include demographic characteristics of the respondent, such as age, sex, marital status, education, employment, and occupation. In this survey, occupation has been classified utilizing the International Standard Classification of Occupations, and the Goldthorpe Class Categories, with the addition of the English-language version of the German "Berufsstellungen". Respondents were also queried about actual and desired income, what factors respondents believe determine level of pay and their fairness, dependence on pension or social welfare programs, satisfaction with the sociopolitical system, perceived and/or preferred role of the government in job allocation, and standard of living.

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Study Description


Wegener, Bernd, and International Social Justice Project (ISJP). International Social Justice Project, 1996 and 2000 [Germany]. ICPSR22750-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-08. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22750.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22750.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cultural attitudes, discrimination, education, employment, employment history, fathers, government services, household composition, income, income distribution, income estimates, industry, job satisfaction, job training, life satisfaction, moral judgement, occupational categories, occupational status, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, quality of life, race, religious affiliation, social attitudes, social inequality, social issues, social justice, social status, trust in government, voting behavior, workers

Geographic Coverage:    Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1996-06--1997-01
  • 2000-10--2001-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-06--1997-01
  • 2000-10--2001-02

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Although in German, please see the "ISJP Methodology" section of the ICPSR codebook for further information in regard to universe.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Because a portion of the documentation is in German and an English version is not available, the dates listed in the "Time Period" and "Date of Collection" fields may not be accurate.

Appendix A, in the Country Specific Codebook, is in its original form and appears to be truncated.

In this collection there are many variables that have value labels or codes in the data that do not fully correspond with the codebook.


Sample:    As sampling procedures vary by country and the methodological documentation for this study is in German, please refer to methodology section of the codebook for INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT, 1991 and 1996 (ICPSR 6705) for information in regard to sampling.

Weight:    As the methodological documentation for this study is in German, please see the "Methodological Standards" section of the codebook for INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT, 1991 and 1996 (ICPSR 6705) for information in regard to weighting.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2010-02-08



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