SOEP-IS Release 2012

Data distribution 1998-2012, DOI: 10.5684/

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SOEP-IS Release 2012

Data Access

To ensure the confidentiality of respondents’ information, the SOEP adheres to strict security standards in the provision of SOEP-IS data. The data are reserved exclusively for research use, that is, they are provided only to the scientific community. For individuals and institutions that already have a valid SOEP data distribution contract, an informal application can be submitted to the SOEP in the form of a letter or e-mail requesting a supplemental contract allowing expanded use of the SOEP data.

After users have signed or updated their data distribution contract with DIW Berlin, they will receive the SOEP-IS dataset by personalized encrypted download. At the SOEP Data Research Center, users can also access small-scale regional data that can be linked to the SOEP-IS data.

Additional information and all the required forms can be found on the SOEP webpage.


Publications using these data should cite the DOI (doi:10.5684/ or doi:10.5684/ for the sample provided to the international research community) and include the following reference:

David Richter, Jürgen Schupp. 2012. SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS)—Description, Structure and Documentation. SOEPpaper 463 | PDF, 162.91 KB : Berlin. DIW Berlin.

Samples and fieldwork

Number of households (number of individuals)

Sample\Survey Year 1998-2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Sample E
(started in 1998 with 373 households and 963 individuals)
373 (963)
in the SOEP
447 (934)
in the SOEP
453 (936)
in the SOEP
464 (944)
in the SOEP
339 (642)
310 (599)
Sample I
(started in 2009 with 1,495 households and 3,052 individuals)
  1495 (3,052)
in the SOEP
1175 (2,450)
in the SOEP
1040 (2,113)
928 (1,826)
864 (1,723)
Supplementary Sample 2012
(started in 2012 with 1,010 households and 2,005 individuals)
        1,010 (2,005) in SOEP-IS 833 (1,688) in SOEP-IS
Supplementary Sample 2013
(started in 2013 with 1,166 households and approx. 2,700 individuals)
          1,166 (approx. 2,500) in SOEP-IS
Households total (individuals total) 373 (963) 1,622 (3,986) 1,628 (3,386) 1,504 (3,057) 2,277 (4,473) 3,173 (approx. 6,500)

The 2012 release contains the three samples (Sample E, Sample I, Sup. Sample 2012) and the information from the years 1998 to 2012 as well as the variables on the innovation modules in the 2011 survey year.

Variables on the innovation modules in the 2012 survey year are included in the 2013 release. Variables on the innovation modules in the 2013 survey year will be included in the 2014 release.

Data Collection


An overview of the innovation modules and additional topics from SOEP-Core in the questionnaires is provided in this table | PDF, 140.79 KB .




  • Survey instrument for Samples E and I referring to variables in datasets (coming soon)
  • Survey instrument for the Sup. Sample 2012 referring to variables in datasets (coming soon)
  • Fieldwork report (Methodenbericht) (with survey instruments, German language only)
    Shortend version of the fieldwork report in the Wave Report 2012 | PDF, 2.29 MB (Part III, Section B).


  • H: Variables from the Household Question Module (documentation coming soon)
  • P: Variables from the Individual Question Module (documentation coming soon)
  • INNO: Variables from the Innovation Modules (documentation coming soon)
  • BIO: Variables from the Life Course Question Module (documentation coming soon)
  • BIOBIRTH: Birth Biography of Female Respondents (documentation coming soon)
  • BIOBRTHM: Birth Biography of Male Respondents (documentation coming soon)
  • KID: Pooled Dataset on Children (SOEP Survey Paper 203)
  • BIOAGE: Variables from the Modules of Questions on Children (documentation coming soon)
  • HGEN: Household-related Status and Generated Variables (documentation coming soon)
  • PGEN: Person-related Status and Generated Variables (documentation coming soon)
  • HPFAD: Household-related Meta-dataset (documentation coming soon)
  • PPFAD: Person-related Meta-dataset (documentation coming soon)
  • HBRUTTO: Household-related Gross File
  • PBRUTTO: Person-related Gross File
  • HHRF: Household-related Weighting Factors
  • PHRF: Person-related Weighting Factors

The datasets are available for Stata and SPSS in versions with German and English labels.