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Lisa Schmid studied Sociology at the University of Mannheim (B.A.) and the University of Cologne (M.Sc.). From October 2014 to March 2020, she was employed as a research associate at the University of Cologne. Since October 2019, Lisa Schmid is research associate at GESIS, initially in the project "Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories from different research data infrastructures" (HaSpaD) and since April 2020 in the Family Surveys team, DRS.

In her PHD thesis she investigated determinants of marital stability in Germany.

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family sociology and stability of intimate relationships
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Journal article

Schmid, Lisa. 2022. "Spouses’ employment situations and marital separation in Germany: A dyadic perspective." Journal of Family Issues 43 (2): 534-562. doi:

Schmid, Lisa, Jonathan Wörn, Karsten Hank, Barbara Sawatzki, and Sabine Walper. 2021. "Changes in employment and relationship satisfaction in times of the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the German Family Panel." European Societies 23 (1): S743-S758. doi:

Wagner, Michael, Lisa Schmid, and Bernd Weiß. 2015. "Exploring Increasing Divorce Rates in West Germany: Can We Explain the Iron Law of Increasing Marriage Instability?." European Sociological Review 31 (2): 211–229. doi:

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Schmid, Lisa. 2021. Work, divorce and post-marital living arrangements in Germany: the role of stress, couples’ division of labor and alternative partnerships. Universität zu Köln.

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Working and discussion paper

Schulz, Sonja, Bernd Weiß, Sebastian Sterl, Anna-Carolina Haensch, Lisa Schmid, and Antonia May. 2021. HaSpaD - Data Manual. GESIS Papers 2021/12. Cologne: GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences. doi:

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Bujard, Martin, Tobias Gummer, Karsten Hank, Franz J. Neyer, Reinhard Pollak, Norbert F. Schneider, C. Katharina Spieß, Christof Wolf, Irina Bauer, Simon Börlin, David Bretschi, Katja Brüggemann, Pablo Christmann, Lena Frembs, Katharina Groß, Carolin Jost, Tanja Kunz, Rüdiger Lenke, Emily Lines, Detlev Lück, Robert Naderi, Elias Naumann, Theresa Nutz, Anne-Sophie Oehrlein, Viktoria Oellers, Kerstin Ruckdeschel, Lisa Schmid, Almut Schumann, Nina Schumann, Annika Stein, Carolin Thönnissen, Emely Ullrich, Ellen von den Driesch, and Ulrich Weih. 2022. FReDA – Das familiendemographische Panel, GESIS, Köln. ZA7777 Datenfile Version 1.0.0. doi:

Schulz, Sonja, Bernd Weiß, Sebastian Sterl, Anna-Carolina Haensch, Lisa Schmid, and Antonia May. 2021. Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories from different research data infrastructures: A model project for linking research data from various infrastructure (HaSpaD). Datenfile Version 1.2. doi:


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Conference contribution

Schmid, Lisa, and Michael Wagner. 2021. "Spouses’ division of labor and marital stability: Applying newer theoretical perspectives to cohort trends of divorce in East and West Germany." 19th annual meeting of the European network for the sociological and demographic study of divorce, Online, 13.10.2021.

Schmid, Lisa, and Sandra Krapf. 2021. "Untreue und Partnerschaftsstabilität in Deutschland." Virtuelle Frühjahrstagung der Sektion Familiensoziologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Online, 10.03.2021.

Schmid, Lisa, and Sandra Krapf. 2019. "Infidelity and union stability of LAT, cohabiting and married couples in Germany." pairfam International User Conference. Köln/Deutschland, 16.05.2019.

Schmid, Lisa, and Sergi Vidal. 2018. "Family trajectories after divorce in Germany: Patterns and predicotrs." European Population Conference, Brüssel/Belgien.

Schmid, Lisa, and Sergi Vidal. 2018. "Family trajectories after marital separation in Germany: Patterns and predictors." European Divorce Conference 2018, Tel-Aviv/ Israel.

Schmid, Lisa. 2017. "Partnership and parenthood patterns after divorce. A sequence analysis of living arrangements of divorcees in Germany." PartnerLife Conference, Köln/ Deutschland.

Schmid, Lisa. 2016. "Spouses’ employment situation and divorce in Germany: A dyadic perspective." European Population Conference 2016, Mainz/ Deutschland.

Schmid, Lisa. 2016. "Women’s marital dependence, spousal alternatives and divorce risk in Germany." European Divorce Conference 2016, Stockholm/ Schweden .

Schmid, Lisa. 2015. "Changing labor market characteristics and union instability." European Divorce Conference 2015, Vilnius/ Litauen.


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Schmid, Lisa, and Theresa Nutz. 2022. "Uni- und bivariate Datenanalyse (online)." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.