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Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), data from 1984-2007

Version
24
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Wagner, Gert G.
  • Frick, Joachim R.
  • Schupp, Jürgen
  • Anger, Silke
  • Goebel, Jan
  • Grabka, Markus M.
  • Holst, Elke
  • Krause, Peter
  • Kroh, Martin
  • Lohmann, Henning
  • Schmitt, Christian
  • Spieß, C. Katharina
  • Pischner, Rainer
  • Spieß, Martin
  • Groh-Samberg, Olaf
Publication Date
2008-07-07
Contributor
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH (Data Collector)
Classification
  • SOEP Schema:
    • Economy
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Empirical educational research
    • Psychology
Free Keywords
Political Attitudes and Behavior; Work and Industry; Occupation; Profession; Income; Society; Culture; Family; Education; School Systems; Leisure
Description
  • Abstract

    The German 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. As early as June 1990—even before the Economic, Social and Monetary Union—SOEP expanded to include the states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), thus seizing the rare opportunity to observe the transformation of an entire society. An immigrant sample was added as well to account for the changes that took place in Germany society in 1994/95. Further new samples were added in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2006. The survey is constantly being adapted and developed in response to current social developments.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984 / 2007
Sampled Universe
Persons living in private households in Germany
Sampling
All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples which are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk.
Collection Mode
  • The interview methodology of the SOEP is based on a set of pre-tested questionnaires for households and individuals. Principally an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 years and over. Additionally one person (head of household) is asked to answer a household related questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This covers also some questions on children in the household up to 16 years of age, mainly concerning attendance at institutions (kindergarten, elementary school, etc.)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Family: Household family
    Number of Units: 61544
    Number of Variables: 39550
    • File Name: stata_de.exe
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 00994e0caa89bc6bf394c12d9a2e72e6
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_de+en.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 01be2cecfd77ee0670bcb225c6d41621
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_de.exe
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 788bf1c2950d713e619b72697612c35a
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_de.exe
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: abae0e0f2311ae48b7e1e1dcad45e216
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_de.exe
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 3601c2ed3f6e5d1e0882a59192ab8fa5
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_de.exe
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: fbbdc99f6877b38abe499ac58af193d5
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_en.exe
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 633b690c18743bc2062750a8c479ec2a
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_en.exe
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 6bc04eb7621be2ed50549b1cde60e1f9
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_en.exe
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: ab68c3780a3a1e38f535c2e1f0576042
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_en.exe
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 881aa52e7d6f7653c28f7f5239eda7a8
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_en.exe
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 8a1e43d244b8ca708266bfe62b80c885
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Note
Number of datasets: 297
Availability
Delivery
Data and documents are only released for academic research and teaching after the data depositor's written authorization.
Publications
  • Wagner, Gert G.; Burkhauser, Richard V.; Behringer, Frederike: The English Language Public Use File of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study. In: The Journal of Human Resources2008, Volume 28, p. 429-433. (Article)
  • Wagner, Gert G.; Frick, Joachim R.; Schupp, Jürgen: The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) – Scope, Evolution and Enhancements. In: Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Science Studies)2007, Volume 127, p. 139-169. (Article)

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2011-08-24

Wagner, Gert G.; Frick, Joachim R.; Schupp, Jürgen; Anger, Silke; Goebel, Jan et. al. (2008): Sozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP), Daten der Jahre 1984-2007. Version: 24. SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.5684/soep.v24