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German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Location
Mohrenstraße 58, Berlin, PO: 10117 (Germany)
Structure
Type Of RI
Virtual
Coordinating Country
Germany
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1985
Contacts
Contact Person
Schupp Juergen
Position:
Head of RI
Scientific Description
The Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, located at the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin. Every year, there were nearly 11,000 households, and more than 20,000 persons sampled by the fieldwork organization TNS Infratest Sozialforschung. The data provide information on all household members, consisting of Germans living in the Old and New German States, foreigners, and recent Immigrants to Germany. The Panel was started in 1984. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators.
SOEP data are disseminated to about 600 (inter-) national users in several formats on one DVD, accompanied by extensive documentation (also available on our documentation sites), both as raw data and in SAS, STATA and SPSS formats. Regional indicators below the federal states can only be accessed via RDC SOEP at DIW Berlin.

RI Keywords
Subjective well-being, Life courses, Labour market, Household survey, Income distribution, Microdata, Survey methodology, Paneldata, Longitudinal data, Social indicators
Classifications
RI Category
Registers and Survey-led Studies/Databases
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
Services
Data

SOEP data are disseminated in several formats on one DVD, accompanied by extensive documentation (also available on our documentation sites), both as raw data and in SAS, STATA, and SPSS formats. Regional indicators below the federal states can be accessed either by remote execution (SOEPremote) or at DIW Berlin direct. Training workshops for SOEP users are held annually in Germany and abroad. Every two years there is an international scientific user conference.

Equipment
Server for remote execution of statistical analysis
SOEP-database with 340 files
Collaborations
Networks
CNEF
Date of last update: 24/10/2013