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Preparation of Data from the New SOEP Consumption Module: Editing, Imputation, and Smoothing

Data Documentation 70, 38 S.

Jan Marcus, Rainer Siegers, Markus M. Grabka


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This documentation describes the data preparation of the new consumption module in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and introduces the content and structure of the generated dataset "hconsum." In 2010, the SOEP for the first time included a detailed consumption module in the household questionnaire. This documentation discusses several methodological challenges of the new module and suggests possible remedies. The methodological challenges include inconsistencies between monthly and annual consumption information, missing values, and a high incidence of heaping.

Rainer Siegers

Member of Research Infrastructure in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

Markus M. Grabka

Board of Directors SOEP & Acting Division Head in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

JEL-Classification: C81;D30;E21
Keywords: SOEP, consumption, heaping, imputation, generalized beta of the second kind
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