Report , News of 27 March 2015

SOEP questionnaire 2016

Fieldwork for the 32nd wave of the SOEP survey is underway, and we would like to inform all our users—in particular longtime SOEP users—about our plans for survey content and special modules in 2016. In line with the “SOEP replication schedule”, which defines when and how often the various modules are repeated, we plan to repeat most of the in-depth questions from 2015 on introduction of the minimum wage again next year. We also plan a replication of questions on the Inglehart index of materialist / post-materialist values, which were surveyed in 1985 and 1986. Since then, this module has been repeated every 10 years (1996 and 2006). With the 2016 survey wave, it will provide a unique longitudinal database covering over 30 years on more than 2,000 respondents in the former West Germany, allowing researchers to differentiate period, age, and cohort effects of value changes.

We also plan to repeat the module on “Family and Social Networks,” which was last surveyed in 2011. In it, we regularly ask about the size of family networks outside the private household and where these individuals live. The module includes not only the (closed and standardized) network questions, which now cover five dimensions, but also the so-called “three friends” network question. Last but not least, questions based on the Effort-Reward Imbalance (ERI) Scale will be replicated with all employed respondents. The scale was first used in the SOEP survey in 2006 and repeated for the second time in 2011. The household questionnaire will have no special focus in 2016, but will include the question on pets in the household, which has been repeated every five years since 1996.

For a summary of all special modules in the 2016 survey, please see here | PDF, 1.54 MB . If you have any questions, suggestions for shortening parts of modules, or ideas for modifications or additional topics, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact us at: .

We have decided to no longer repeat a number of questions based on an internal discussion and all feedback received on our general revision. For an overview, see this document | PDF, 0.87 MB . We would be happy to answer any questions you have on this point as well.