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Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), data from 1984-2009

Version
26
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
  • Liebau, Elisabeth
  • Lohmann, Henning
  • Schmitt, Christian
  • Spieß, C. Katharina
Publication Date
2010-09-17
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 / 2009
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: 66189
    Number of Variables: 43155
    • File Name: stata_de.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 592513a779429765706e6607516c2be5
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_de+en.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 4e858615f0488d3064b83b4297150445
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_de.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: c830f72f3289ee7eeb052dbfdafd07c6
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: stata_en.zip
      File Format: STATA
      Data Fingerprint: 124e7319e4ac60ff87275e6437c6f97a
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_en.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 6ebb809b358013e58803fb84bc00187c
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_de.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: e5dcadd6d1ce38a0c8dbba7dda2cb75d
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: spss_por_en.zip
      File Format: SPSS
      Data Fingerprint: 5300787cb7b5597ac09023345f24457a
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_de.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: ffee599e32e6a96d45d68adc844047b0
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_por_en.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 5233bca6521498c4cbf3a664e31ddb0e
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_de.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: fc7df909efc2027d881efecf9b5d117d
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: sas_en.zip
      File Format: SAS
      Data Fingerprint: 740ea02bcde2ad458401bbe4005aabee
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
    • File Name: csv_100.zip
      File Format: CSV
      Data Fingerprint: 748891dabec3ce51b1ed5dac769f39c7
      Method Fingerprint: MD5
Note
Number of datasets: 322
Availability
Delivery
Data and documents are only released for academic research and teaching after the data depositor's written authorization.
Publications
  • 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)
  • Schupp, Jürgen: 25 Jahre Sozio-oekonomisches Panel - Ein Infrastrukturprojekt der empirischen Sozial- und Wirtschaftsforschung in Deutschland. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie2009, Volume 38, p. 350-357. (Article)

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 4 | Registration Date: 2011-08-24

Wagner, Gert G.; Frick, Joachim R.; Schupp, Jürgen; Anger, Silke; Goebel, Jan et. al. (2010): Sozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP), Daten der Jahre 1984-2009. Version: 26. SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.5684/soep.v26