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SOEP Innovation-Sample (SOEP-IS), data from 1998-2012

Resource Type
  • Schupp, Jürgen
  • Richter, David
  • Goebel, Jan
  • Kroh, Martin
  • Liebau, Elisabeth
  • Metzing, Maria
  • Wenzig, Knut
Publication Date
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH (Data Collector)
  • SOEP Schema:
    • Economy
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Empirical Educational Research
    • Psychology
Free Keywords
Work and the Workplace; Occupation; Income; Society; Culture; Family; Education; Educational Systems; Religion; Personal Views and Values; Political Attitudes and Behavior; Leisure
  • Abstract

    The SOEP group at DIW Berlin introduced the SOEP-IS panel for short-term experiments but also for long-term surveys that are not possible in the core SOEP—for instance, because they require instruments that are not yet well established or that deal with very specific research topics. In addition to Samples E and I from the core SOEP, which were started in 1998 and 2009, respectively, new samples were drawn in 2012 and 2013 to achieve the final number of 5,000 respondents. The annual interviews since 2012 have contained not only questions from the core SOEP but also innovative modules, which are selected in a peer-reviewed competition as of the 2013 survey year to identify the “best” research questions. The survey is conducted by specially trained interviewers from the fieldwork organization TNS Infratest Sozialforschung using computer-aided personal interviews (CAPI) and is representative for Germany as a whole. Some of the many topics include earnings, employment, education, and health. The international version contains 95% of all cases surveyed.

Temporal Coverage
  • 1984 / 2012
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe

Persons living in private households in Germany


All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples that are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk.

Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal: Panel
    prospective longitudinal panel study
Collection Mode
  • The SOEP-IS is conducted using CAPI exclusively. In principle, an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 and over. Additionally, one person (head of household) is asked to complete a household questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This also includes some questions about children up to 16 years of age in the household (e.g., kindergarten attendance, elementary school attendance, etc.)

  • Face-to-face interview
Data and File Information
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    • File Name:
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    • File Name:
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Data and documents are provided free of charge for international and national academic research and teaching with written authorization from the data provider.
  • Richter, David; Schupp, Jürgen (2012) : SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEPIS): Description, structure and documentation, SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, No. 463
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Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2014-05-08

Schupp, Jürgen; Richter, David; Goebel, Jan; Kroh, Martin; Liebau, Elisabeth et. al. (2014): SOEP-Innovationssample (SOEP-IS), Daten der Jahre 1998-2012. Version: 2012. SOEP - Sozio-oekonomisches Panel. Dataset.