Access to the SOEP data

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The SOEP micro data which we make available for scientific research for free (or a fee for production costs of a DVD) can only be interpreted using statistical software.

Direct use of SOEP data is subject to the high standards for lawful data protection in the Federal Republic of Germany. Signing a contract on data distribution with the DIW Berlin is therefore a precondition for working with SOEP data. After signing the contract, 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 Research Data Center SOEP.

The access procedure at a glance | PDF, 0.65 MB .

SOEP users with an existing data distribution contract can order the data via form | PDF, 55.54 KB or online.