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Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), data from 1984-2008

Version
25
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
Publication Date
2009-10-27
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 / 2008
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: 62101
    Number of Variables: 41348
    • File Name: stata_de.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 91972c840096b4266df3ac162bb03f14
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_en.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: ca29c5a9836d668f52a935e872acbc55
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_de+en.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 51dd03373f18073b4e9789b4549394c1
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_de.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: b9777c92eb4024a6e8d698532d6b525e
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_en.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 1cdbc5181e5b2e061fd90826cc0cf147
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_de.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 4db531f040cdb43aca7e3bf6887358b7
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_en.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: a552c8f8b9432c7f98f28880221691b8
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_de.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: e0a32e04f6f16b70240479cbc1cf9246
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_en.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: dfc8f4de0c1ce9d6277098bd57b389b0
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_de.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 60fa2cfb4ce29aae346f510220db58ee
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_en.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: c6bd69d52061b6e7fb5769c301d60078
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: csv_100.zip
      File Format: CSV
      Data Fingerprint: fa8d9a7cb7c2a75fbc12848083df2603
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Note
Number of datasets: 309
Availability
Delivery
Data and documents are only released for academic research and teaching after the data depositor's written authorization.
Publications
  • Wagner, Gert G.; Göbel, Jan; Krause, Peter; Pischner, Rainer; Sieber, Ingo: Das Sozio-oekonomische Panel (SOEP): Multidisziplinäres Haushaltspanel und Kohortenstudie für Deutschland - Eine Einführung (für neue Datennutzer) mit einem Ausblick (für erfahrene Anwender). In: AStA Wirtschafts- und Sozialstatistisches Archiv2008, Volume 4, p. 301-328. (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. (2009): Sozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP), Daten der Jahre 1984-2008. Version: 25. SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.5684/soep.v25