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HaSpaD - Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories – syntax package OUT NOW!

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The benefits of analyzing harmonized survey data are increasingly recognized by the research community. However, for many research projects, the harmonization effort represents an insurmountable hurdle. The HaSpaD-project (Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories) provides a tool for harmonizing and accumulating, and thus comprehensively analyzing, survey-based longitudinal data sets on partnership biographies.

The following studies were harmonized and merged for a joint analysis for the DFG-funded project "Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories from different research data infrastructures" (HaSpaD): The panel studies pairfam, SOEP and SHARE, the cross-sectional studies German General Social Survey, Mannheim Divorce Study and the Fertility and Family Survey (Germany), as well as cross-sectional studies with partial follow-up, namely the Family Surveys by the German Youth Institute (DJI), the German Life History Studies and the Generations and Gender Survey (Germany).

The project provides syntax-based harmonization processes available through the HaSpaD Harmonization Wizard. The HaSpaD Harmonization Wizard enables a customized selection of survey programs and variables. After downloading the source data sets from their repositories, the HaSpaD syntax package enables to generate a customized and harmonized data set of the different source studies. In addition to biographical data on partnerships, the HaSpaD target dataset includes other variables such as age, gender, citizenship, and education level. If all surveys are selected, the target data set will contain data on more than 180,000 partnerships.