The Polish Panel Survey POLPAN, carried out by the Team for Comparative Analyses of Social Inequality (CASIN) at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN), is the longest-running in East Central Europe, covering the period 1988-2018. POLPAN is focused on analysing changes in the social structure of Polish society from the perspective of individual life-course dynamics. The survey is conducted every five years using face-to-face interviews with adults age 21 and older. In each panel wave, detailed retrospective data on each job since the previous survey are collected, enabling the reconstruction of full employment histories for each respondent, starting from his / her first job. The questionnaire also includes items on social and demographic characteristics of respondents and their households, socio-political attitudes, and health. In 1988 the nationally representative random sample comprised 5,817 individuals, 2,500 of whom were randomly selected into the 1993 wave. Since 1998, POLPAN has been supplemented with new subsamples of the youngest cohorts, and since 2008, these newly added subsamples have been doubled, resulting in an enlarged sample of respondents age 21-35 in the most recent, 2018 wave of the survey.

More information on POLPAN can be found on the website: http://www.polpan.org