SOEP-IS Release 2013

Data distribution 1998-2013, DOI: 10.5684/

SOEP-IS Release 2013

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/ resp.10.5684/ 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

Stichprobenentwicklung Befragte SOEP-IS
Stichprobenentwicklung Haushalte SOEP-IS

Number of households (number of individuals)

Sample\Survey Year 1998-2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Memo: 2014
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 (603)
295 (580)
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 (1,728)
797 (1,596)
Supplementary Sample 2012
(started in 2012 with 1,010 households and 2,005 individuals)
        1,010 (2,005)
833 (1,691)
772 (1,611)
Supplementary Sample 2013
(started in 2013 with 1,166 households and 2,141 individuals)
          1,166 (2,141)
928 (1,870)
Memo: Supplementary Sample 2014
(started in 2014 with 924 households and 1,665 individuals)
924 (1,665) 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 (6,163) 3,716 (7,322)

The 2013 release contains the four samples (Samples E and I, Sup. Samples 2012 and 2013) and the information from the years 1998 to 2013 as well as the variables on the innovation modules in the 2011 and 2012 survey years.

Variables on the innovation modules in the 2013 survey year are included in the 2014 release. Variables on the innovation modules in the 2014 survey year will be included in the 2015 release.

Innovative modules

Data on the following innovative modules are included in this release:

Surveyed in 2011

  • Implicit Association Test (IAT) and corresponding explicit questions measuring gender stereotypes (more)
  • The measurement of the four facets of sensitivity to injustice (victim sensitivity, observer sensitivity, beneficiary sensitivity, perpetrator sensitivity). (more)
  • Questions about private, public, and company pensions.

Surveyed in 2012

  • Adaptive Test of Environmental Behavior (more)
  • Control Strivings (more)
  • Day Reconstruction Method (DRM)(more)
  • Experiment on Expected Financial Market Earnings (more)
  • Explicit Measurement of Self-Esteem
  • Implicit Association Test (IAT) of Self-Esteem
  • Fear of Dementia (more)
  • Just Sustainable Development Based on the Capability Approach (GeNECA) (more)
  • Short Scales on Loneliness & Depression (more)


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

Short descriptions of the innovative modules you will find here.

Data collection






  • 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 (documentation coming soon)
  • 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)
  • 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

German documentation of the datasets is already available on the  German site.
The datasets are available for Stata and SPSS in versions with German and English labels.