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 either via personalized encrypted download or via certified mail on a DVD. 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 .

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CNEF

The Cross-National Equivalent File of the SOEP (CNEF) contains the SOEP data together with similar data from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Switzerland, South Korea and the United States. An extensive overview can be found in the article The Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and its Member Country Household Panel Studies , Schmollers Jahrbuch 127 (4) (2007), 627-654 (Joachim R. Frick, Stephen P. Jenkins, Dean R. Lillard, Oliver Lipps, and Mark Wooden).
Here you can find the access information  | PDF, 0.65 MB for the CNEF datasets.
Please contact the at Ohio State University, USA, for data delivery and at Ohio State University for information about the project.

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LIS/LWS

Two data sets containing the SOEP data allow for cross-country comparison. The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database combines datasets from over 30 countries and contains income data supplemented by demographic and labor market information. The Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) Database contains comparable wealth information from ten countries. Further information can be found on the homepage of the LIS - Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg  (LIS).

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Past projects

ECHP

The SOEP data as part of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). Now that the German Federal Statistical Office has stopped producing its own ECHP survey data, the SOEP data had been converted into the ECHP data for the years 1994 to 2001. This project has been coordinated by EUROSTAT in Luxembourg.

CHER

Parts of the SOEP data in the CHER database. This database, including data from 14 EU countries as well as Poland, Hungary, Switzerland and the United States in the period from 1990 to 2001, had been created by the "Consortium of Household Panels for European Socio-economic Research" (CHER). This EU financed project also collected and prepared key information from macro-, meso- and institutional data to link with the dataset.

If you are interested in these data please contact CEPS/INSTEAD.

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Miscellaneous

  • An overview of frequencies is available from SOEPinfo.
  • The SOEP group now publishes statistical series based on SOEP Data. We provide data series (see SOEPmonitor) for the years 1984 to the recent wave - disaggregated for East and West Germany since 1990 - for households and persons.
    The SOEPmonitor Household especially provides information about housing conditions;
    in the SOEPmonitor Person you will find classification numbers for labor market, education, income and subjective indicators.
  • Using our SOEPremote system of remote computer access, you can conduct analyses on the level of small-scale official district codes (KKZ), which are considered highly sensitive data under data protection regulations (more information in the Regional Data section).
  • 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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