Announcement of the first data workshop

Workshop with TwinLife data at the DIW Berlin


TwinLife is a longitudinal twin family study to investigate the development of social inequalities across the life course. Data collection of the long-term project began in 2014 with the survey of more than 4,000 pairs of twins and their families. To capture important life transitions and developmental trajectories (i.e. school enrollment, job entry) a cohort sequential design was established in combination with an Extended Twin Family Design (ETFD), encompassing four cohorts of twins (5, 11, 17, and 23 years of age at the first measurement occasion). In addition their biological and step parents, and, if applicable, one sibling, as well as partners of the older twins were surveyed. All twin families will be assessed on an annual basis comprising an extensive face-to-face home interview and a shorter telephone interview in the following year. TwinLife offers a database to study the role of social as well as genetic mechanisms as well as their interplay over the life course. We focus on social inequalities in six important areas of life: 1) Education and academic performance 2) career and labor market attainment 3) integration and participation in social, cultural and political life 4) quality of life and perceived capabilities 5) physical and psychological health and 6) behavioral issues and deviant behavior. As of summer 2016 the first wave of the TwinLife data will be available for the scientific community.

Workshop program

Lectures will be accompanied by tutorials and hands-on sessions.The software used in the workshop will be Stata and SPSS. Basic knowledge of Stata or SPSS and regression techniques is advantageous.

Within the first half of the workshop we provide an overview about the scope and the study design of TwinLife. The second part of the workshop comprises a hands-on introduction into the basic concepts of genetically sensitive research and behavior genetics by means of selected examples of how behavior genetic research can be used in an interdisciplinary context. Applying practical exercises, specific models are introduced, implemented and discussed employing the data of the first wave of TwinLife to give participants the opportunity to get in touch with the data set.

Location & registration

The workshop takes places at the DIW Berlin. Please register by sending a mail to until May 13, 2016. Please provide your name, affiliation, research interests.

Fee: free of charge but you will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation. We have a very limited number of bursaries that we can offer to participations without other means of funding.