Socio-Economic Panel

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Socio-Economic Panel
FacultySociology, Economic, etc.
AddressSozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP)
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstraße 58.
10117 Berlin - Germany

The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP [/'zœp/], for Sozio-oekonomisches Panel) is a longitudinal panel dataset of the population in Germany. It is a household based study which started in 1984 and which reinterviews adult household members annually. Additional samples have been taken of East Germans (from 1990, coincident with reunification) and immigrants (in 1994) as well as in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006. In 2007, there will be about 12,000 households, and more than 20,000 adult persons sampled. Some of the many topics surveyed include household composition, occupation, employment, earnings, health and life satisfaction. The annual surveys are conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Kantar Group. The survey is funded by the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin via the «Bund-Länder-Kommission» (State/Federal State Commission) for Educational Planning and Research Promotion.[1]

Data are available to social science researchers in Germany and abroad in SPSS/PSPP, SAS/DAP, Stata, R/S-PLUS and ASCII format. Extensive documentation in English and German is available online.

SOEP data are integrated into the Cross National Equivalent File (CNEF) which contains panel data from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain and the United States. The data distribution of the SOEP for researchers outside of Germany is supplied with the CNEF by a group at Cornell University. Application to use this international distribution has to be made to the DIW Berlin.


Sample Start-Year Households Persons Description
A West-German (residents) 1984 n=4,528 n=12,245 Head is either German or other nationality than those in Sample B
B Foreigners 1984 n=1,393 Head is either Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Greek or from the former Yugoslavia
German reunification
C East-Germans 1990 n=2,179 n=4,453 Head was a citizen of the GDR (expansion of survey territory)
D Immigrants 1994/1995 n=522 n=1,078 At least one household member has moved to Germany after 1989 (expansion of survey population)
E Refreshment 1998 n=1,067 n=1,923 Random sample covering all existing subsamples (total population)
F Innovation 2000 n=6,052 n=10,890 Random sample covering all existing subsamples (total population)
G High Income 2002 n=1,224 n=2,671 Monthly net household income is more than 4.500 Euro (7.500 DM)
H Refreshment 2006 n=1,506 n=2,616 Random sample covering all existing subsamples (total population)
I Incentive/Refreshment 2009 n=1,531 n=2,509 Random sample covering all existing subsamples (total population). Since 2011 it is no longer a part of the SOEP Core study. It is now a part of the new SOEP Innovation Study.[2]
J Refreshment 2011 n=3.136 n=5.161 Random sample covering all existing subsamples (total population)
SOEP Subsamples 2011[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SOEP-Overview/Organization & Financing (URL accessed 2013-05-28)
  2. ^ SOEP Innovation Study (URL accessed 2013-05-28)
  3. ^ SOEP Samples Overview - 2011 / Wave 28 (Nov. 2012) (URL accessed 2013-05-28)

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