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10. - 14. August 2020


Introduction to the German Socio-economic Panel Study


10. - 14. August 2020


Online seminar via Cisco Webex


Sandra Bohmann

The German Socio-Economic Panel Study is a representative panel study for the German population, collecting data on a broad variety of topics of everyday life, including general wellbeing, household composition, educational aspirations and educational status, income and occupational biographies, leisure time activities, housing, health, political orientation and more. With its long running panel structure, the breadth of topics and the representative nature of the data, the SOEP has become a central resources for quantitative research in the social sciences in Germany.


This online one-week-two-hours-a-day workshop-series offers a well-grounded and practically oriented introduction to the data of the Socio-economic panel study. Participants will be introduced to the content of the study, its data-structure, sample selection and weighting strategy and they will be provided with an overview over the study documentation.

  The entire process from identifying and finding variables containing specific information in the dataset to the creation of the final dataset for analysis and first empirical investigations will be discussed. (Participants who already have access to the data via their home-institutions will be able to practice hands-on.) All hands-on problems will be exercised jointly as well. This practical part of the workshop requires familiarity with methods of empirical analysis and basic programming skills in STATA. An overview of the required STATA skills can be found here.


The seminar runs for one week. Each consecutive day one topic is introduced. The sessions will take between 1-2 hours each day. Each session is offered 2 times a day: at 9:00 am and at 3:00 pm. Participants can choose freely whether they want to join in the morning or in the afternoon each day. This way we hope to allow more participants to follow the entire course, despite other responsibilities. We also hope to be more inclusive for an international audience in different time-zones.


Please register online via this link. Participation is free of charge.  

A maximum of 50 spots is available for each of the seminar weeks. Acceptance letters will be sent out every 2 weeks (15th and 30th of each month). In case the demands exceeds the spots currently made available, we will offer further workshops.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Sandra Bohmann (sbohmann@diw.de).


Sandra Bohmann
Sandra Bohmann

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Infrastruktureinrichtung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel