SOEP 2016 - 12th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference

SOEP 2016, June 22 to 23 in Berlin

The conference

The 12th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2016) will be held in Berlin, June 22-23, 2016, at the WZB | Berlin Social Science Center.
The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract. We especially encourage submissions on inter-generational mobility in income, wealth, educational attainment, fertility, and related areas.

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The conference will take place at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung - Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

Contact information

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Detailed html program (updated regularly, including abstracts, session chairs, and rooms)

Book of abstracts | PDF, 1.86 MB (last changes: June 17, 2016)

Schedule | PDF, 84.08 KB (as of June 21, 2016)

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Travel Information

Please see links below for information about travel to and within Berlin.
Discover the city with the help of the official Berlin website.

Getting to/from Berlin

By plane: At the site of the Berlin airports you will find domestic, European and intercontinental flights under one roof. There are direct flights from all major European cities to Berlin. Please check with your travel agent or visit Berlin Airport.

Local public transport from and to the Berlin airports Berlin Schönefeld (BER) and Berlin Tegel.

By train: For information about timetables and prices please visit

Find your way to the venue site:

Public transport: Buses, trains and trams provide quick and comfortable connections throughout Berlin.

The venue

Berlin Welcome Card
BVG map

Network map of S- and U-Bahn
Network map of tramlines
Night network

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Registration is closed now!

We are obliged to charge all conference participants a registration fee. Regular fee: 130 EUR / Reduced fee (Students & enrolled Phd Students): 70 EUR. The fee includes conference materials, and conference participants are cordially invited to join the evening events.

Please register online.

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We have pre-booked a limited number of rooms at the following hotels. Please use the information for each hotel to make a reservation directly with the hotel. The rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to change your hotel reservation, date of arrival or date of departure, we kindly ask you to contact the hotel.  The pre-booked hotels offer the possibility to stay in direct proximity of the conference venue.

Berlin has a wide range (more than 800) of hotels all over the city. While every part of the city has its advantages and disadvantages, we will suggest (and prebook) hotels in the area of the conference venue (Anhalter Bahnhof – Leipziger Platz – Potsdamer Platz). This area offers bus and public transport connections to the conference venue (WZB Berlin) and many possibilities to experience Berlin after the official part of the conference.

List of Hotels

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Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce as keynote speakers:

Berkay Özcan
London School of Economics/UK

Richard Breen
University of Oxford/UK 


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Scientific Committee

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Local Organizers

Jan Goebel, Carsten Schröder, and Christine Kurka

If you have any further questions concerning the conference, please contact the local organizers at:

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers | PDF, 77.42 KB

The deadline for submission of abstracts is expired on February 29, 2016.

Submitters will be notified whether their paper has been accepted by March 28, 2016.

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Felix Büchel Award and Prize for Best Presentations

The Society of Friends of the DIW Berlin (VdF) will honor one excellent SOEP user with the Felix Büchel Award. The best three papers and the best poster presented at the conference will be awarded with the Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize.
The SOEP2016 scientific committee will act as a jury and will present the awards at the end of the conference.

The Felix Büchel Award 2016 went to Rainer Winkelmann (more information).

The Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize was awarded to Markus Pannenberg, Mathias Schumann, Janina Nemitz and Claudia Boscher (more information).

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