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Title: Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), data from 1984-2015, International Scientific Use Version

DOI: 10.5684/soep.v32i
Collection period: 1984-2015
Publication date: December 14, 2016
Principal investigators: Jürgen Schupp, Jan Goebel, Martin Kroh, Carsten Schröder, Charlotte Bartels, Klaudia Erhardt, Alexandra Fedorets, Marco Giesselmann, Markus Grabka, Peter Krause, Simon Kühne, David Richter, Rainer Siegers, Paul Schmelzer, Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Knut Wenzig

Short description

International Scientific Use Version of the SOEP data (95 % version of the dataset This data set can be used worldwide.

Data collector: TNS Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH.

Population: Persons living in private households in Germany.

Selection method: All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples which are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk.

Collection mode: The interview methodology of the SOEP is based on a set of pre-tested questionnaires for households and individuals. Principally an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 years and over. Additionally one person (head of household) is asked to answer a household related questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This covers also some questions on children in the household up to 16 years of age, mainly concerning attendance at institutions (kindergarten, elementary school, etc.).

Data set information:

 Number of units 108,063
 Number of variables 61,902 in 413 data sets
 Data format STATA, SPSS, SAS, CSV

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Stata bilingual 6aa30370b3c551e4de090517d6864a4e   | TXT, 18.11 KB
Stata German 302b6da0a2aa99a476ea3ab614c0479c   | TXT, 18.11 KB
Stata English 68d78d13bcf7da1fca87b0a26935f387   | TXT, 18.11 KB
SPSS German 673fabae8a45da5a4add30b8d65a001b   | TXT, 18.11 KB
SPSS English e3071ed3fe978d388a3d10b3943e302d   | TXT, 18.11 KB
SAS German 56343155b20a726128588a4e8814091b   | TXT, 20.23 KB
SAS English 8b39126e717ee4c9a6ba07966152c455   | TXT, 20.23 KB
CSV a550b1448e22e3f21dd8dafbb3fa0bbb   | TXT, 18.11 KB


Gert G. Wagner, Joachim R. Frick, and Jürgen Schupp (2007): The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) - Scope, Evolution and Enhancements, Schmollers Jahrbuch (Journal of Applied Social Science Studies), 127 (1), 139-169 (download).

Joachim R. Frick, Stephen P. Jenkins, Dean R. Lillard, Oliver Lipps und Mark Wooden (2007): The Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and its Member Country Household Panel Studies,  Schmollers Jahrbuch, Jg. 127 (4) , 627-654 (download)


The SOEP micro data which we make available for scientific research can only be interpreted using statistical software. Direct use of SOEP data is subject to the high standards for lawful data protection in the Federal Republic of Germany. Signing a contract on data distribution with the DIW Berlin is therefore a precondition for working with SOEP data. After signing the contract, the data of every new wave will be available on request. 
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Version specific changes in the dataset.

Documentation of the $PEQUIV File 1984-2015