Fertility and Mortality Data for Germany

There has been considerable progress made in the improvement of the data infrastructure for fertility and mortality researchers in Germany in recent years. Several large-scale datasets have been made available through the establishment of Research Data Centers. The Microcensuses of the 1970s and 1980s, the censuses of the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, the Microcensus panel, data from the pension registers, individual-level data from vital statistics, and the central foreigner registers are now available for scientific use. Vital statistics have been reformed, and the Microcensus now collects information on the number of children a woman has given birth to during her life. Despite these improvements, there are still some "weak spots" in Germany's data infrastructure. Germany is lacking official counts of reconstituted families. We know little about the mortality risks of immigrants. In addition, the data infrastructure for studying socio-economic differences in mortality risks could be improved, enabling Germany to catch up with international developments in this area. This paper concludes by making some suggestions for improving the available data.


Michaela Kreyenfeld; Rembrandt Scholz

Erschienen in

Building on Progress: Expanding the Research Infrastructure for the Social, Economic and Behavioral Sciences. German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten) Budrich UniPress, Opladen, 2010, p. 739-751.


fertility; mortality; demographic data; Fertilität; Mortalität; Deutschland


Letzte Änderung: 15.7.2011