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The Generations and Gender Programme consists of two parts: on the hand, a large-scale survey, the Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) with micro-level data, and, on the other hand, a contextual database with macro-level data.


The Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) is a panel survey of a representative sample of the 18 to 79-year-old population of every participating country. The GGS is planned with at least three successive waves with the interval of three years between waves. The GGS collects very detailed information on a wide range of social demographic topics which can be summarized in two words: generations and gender. On the hand, particular attention is given to relationships between grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, including related topics like ageing and denatality, intergenerational assistance,… (‘Generations’). On the other hand, the many forms of relationships (marriage, cohabitation…), in current and previous relationships, as well as the typical gender themes such as the division of household tasks are analyzed (‘Gender’).


The second dimension of the Generations and Gender Programme is the contextual database. This database contains land-specific macro-level data, at national and regional level, that provide additional information to the GGS micro-data. This information can be used to include the influence of context factors (characteristics of policies, aggregated data…) in the analysis of the micro-level GGS data.