The study “Legacy – the world we want to experience” is a cooperation of infas, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and DIE ZEIT Publishing Group. It builds on the sociological life course perspective (Karl Ulrich Mayer) and adds thematically to the dependent variable “legacy” by focusing the research interest on the inheritance (“legacy”) of material possessions as well as the transmission of personal values, practices or worldly wisdom.

In terms of content, the question is which personal life experiences, behaviour and attitudes people in Germany would like to pass on to future generations. Socio-structurally, the question arises to what extent this legacy varies according to age, gender, marital status, and social class.

The study is the basis for regular coverage in the publications of the ZEIT Publishing Group.