SOEP data access must comply with high security standards for maintaining confidentiality and protecting personal privacy. The data are also subject to regulations limiting their use to scientific purposes, that is, they are only made available to the scientific community (in German language only). After conclusion of a data distribution contract with DIW Berlin, the data of every new wave will be available on request via personalized encrypted download. Researchers can also use small-scale regional data at the SOEP Research Data Center (see Regional Data).
In the Access section, we provide answers to a number of questions on data distribution. SOEP users with an existing data distribution contract can order the data directly with the order form | PDF, 445.16 KB or online.

The SOEP data are available in different packages alone or in combination with international data:


European Data Distribution

SOEP data is in German and English and can be obtained in the states of  the EEA plus Switzerland. Please contact the SOEP hotline (Michaela Engelmann) under the email address . The opportunity of putting together additional regional information by means of GEO-codes is available, but requires further data security measures. You can receive further information on this topic from the SOEP hotline mentioned above or in the Regional Data section.

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Worldwide Data Distribution

The International Science Use Version of the SOEP (95% version) can be used worldwide. The FDZ SOEP is providing it upon request for free via secure download. More information you can find here | PDF, 0.59 MB .

The Cross-National Equivalent File of the SOEP (CNEF) contains the SOEP data together with similar longitudinal data from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea and the United States.

Information on the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database and the Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) Database

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Miscellaneous

  • An overview of frequencies is available from SOEPinfo.
  • As an unique feature of the Research Data Center of SOEP we provide tailored advice to researchers who want to use SOEP as a reference data set respectively as a control sample for their own studies. For more information, please visit our section on

    SOEP as Reference Data

    SOEP as Reference Data

    SOEP as Reference Data

    SOEP as Reference Data

    SOEP as Reference Data.
  • Data from the pretests are available for download for registered data users. Please contact with your contract number to get more information.

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