SOEP-IS Release 2016

SOEP-IS Release 2016

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.

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Publications using these data should cite the DOI (doi: 10.5684/ and include the following reference:

David Richter, Jürgen Schupp. 2015. The SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP IS). Schmollers Jahrbuch 135 (3), 389-399 (doi: 10.3790/schm.135.3.389)
(prepublished 2012: SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) - Description, Structure and Documentation.SOEPpaper 463 (PDF, 162.91 KB): Berlin. DIW Berlin)

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Samples and fieldwork

Stichprobenentwicklung Befragte SOEP-IS
Stichprobenentwicklung Haushalte SOEP-IS

Anzahl der Haushalte (Anzahl der Personen) in SOEP-IS

Sample\Surveyyear 1998-2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
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 (649)
310 (603)
298 (570)
282 (540)
266 (506)
Sample I
(started in 2009 with 1,495 households and 3,052 individuals)
  1,495 (3,052)
in the SOEP
1,175 (2,450)
in the SOEP
1,040 (2,113)
in the SOEP
928 (1,845)
864 (1,740)
798 (1,562)
741 (1,441)
721 (1,380)
Supplementary Sample 2012
(started in 2012 with 1,010 households and 2,005 individuals)
        1.010 (2,035)
833 (1,698)
772 (1,550)
710 (1,399)
669 (1,313)
Supplementary Sample 2013
(started in 2013 with 1,166 households and 2,256 individuals)
          1,166 (2,256)
929 (1,788)
840 (1,617)
770 (1,458)
Supplementary Sample 2014
(started in 2014 with 924 households and 1,667 individuals)
924 (1,667)
672 (1,226)
623 (1,123)
Supplementary Sample 2016
(started in 2016 with 1,057 households and 1,935 individuals)
1,057 (1,935)
Households total (individuals total) 373 (963) 1,942 (3,986) 1,628 (3,386) 1,504 (3,057) 2,277 (4,529) 3,173 (6,297) 3,721 (7,137) 3,245 (6,196) 4,106 (7,715)

The 2016 release contains the five samples (Samples E and I, Sup. Samples 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and the information from the years 1998 to 2016 as well as the variables on the innovation modules in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 survey years.

Variables on the innovation modules in the 2015 survey year are included in the 2016 release. Variables on the innovation modules in the 2016 survey year will be included in the 2017 release.

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Innovative moduls

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

Surveyed in 2011

  • Internalized Gender Stereotypes Vary Across Socioeconomic Indicators (more)
  • Justice Sensitivity (more)
  • Pension Claims (more)

Surveyed in 2012

  • Adaptive General Ecological Behaviour Scale (more)
  • Control Strivings (more)
  • Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) (more)
  • Expected Financial Market Earnings (more)
  • The Big Two Psychological Content Dimensions: Agency and Communion (more)
  • Dementia worry (more)
  • Just Sustainable Development Based on the Capability Approach (GeNECA) (more)
  • Anxiety and Depression (more)

Surveyed in 2013

  • Conspiracy mentality (CMQ) (more)
  • Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) (more)
  • Job Preferences and Willingness to Accept Job Offer (more)
  • Job task survey (more)
  • Regional Identification (more)
  • Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ-S) (more)
  • Sleep characteristics (more)
  • Socio-economic effects of physical activity (more)

Surveyed in 2014

  • Comparing Measures of Experimential and Evaluative Well-Being (more)
  • Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Surveys (CAMCES) (more)
  • Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS) (more)
  • Cross-Cultural Study of Happiness (more)
  • Day Reconstruction Method (more)
  • Determinants of Attitudes to Income Redistribution (more)
  • Decisions from Description and Experience (more)
  • Determinants of Not Wanting to Know (more)
  • Expected Financial Market Earnings (more)
  • Flourishing Scale (more)
  • Future Life Events (more)
  • Inattentional Blindness (more)
  • Justice Sensitivity (more)
  • Lottery Play: Expenditure, Frequency, and Explanatory Variables (more)
  • Self-Evaluation and Overconfidence in Different Life Domains (more)
  • Separating Systematic Measurement Error Components Using MTMM in Longitudinal Studies (more)

Surveyed in 2015

      • Attitude Inferences and Interviewer Effects (more)
      • Comparing Measures of Experimential and Evaluative Well-Being (more)
      • Couples’ Prediction Accuracy for Food Preferences (more)
      • Diversity of Living-Apart-Together-Couples (more)
      • Emotion Regulation (more)
      • Epigenetic Markers of Stress (more)
      • Fiscal Crisis in the EU and European Solidarity (more)
      • Future Life Events (more)
      • Grit and Entrepreneurship (more)
      • Happiness Analyzer Smartphone Application (more)
      • Impostor Phenomenon and Career Development (more)
      • Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ-S) (more)
      • Ostracism Short Scale (more)
      • Preference for Leisure (more)
      • Private or Public Health Care: Evaluation, Attitudes, and Social Solidarity (more)
      • Self-Regulated Personality Development (more)
      • Separating Systematic Measurement Error Components Using MTMM (more)
      • Sickness Presenteeism (more)
      • Smartphone Usage (more)
      • Socio-Economic Effects of Physical Activity (more)

The data from the 2016 SOEP-IS modules will be provided exclusively to the researchers who proposed the respective ideas for an initial period of 12 months. They will be released to the rest of the SOEP user community in Spring 2018.

Short descriptions of the innovative modules up to date you will find here.

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Data collection



  • Survey instrument for the SOEP Innovation Sample (Update  in Deutsch (PDF, 422.23 KB) / in English (PDF, 411.33 KB)
  • Survey instrument for the SOEP Innovation Sample (Boost Sample, Update  in Deutsch (PDF, 0.53 MB) / in English (PDF, 0.51 MB)
  • Fieldwork report (German language only)


  • Survey instrument for the SOEP Innovation Sample (Update in Deutsch (PDF, 490.12 KB) / in English (PDF, 467.52 KB)
  • Survey instrument for the SOEP Innovation Sample (Boost Sample, Update in Deutsch (PDF, 326.86 KB) / in English (PDF, 317.56 KB)
  • Fieldwork report (PDF, 0.62 MB)(German language only)




  • Survey instrument for the SOEP Innovation Sample (Update in Deutsch (PDF, 505.42 KB) / in English (PDF, 482.78 KB)
  • Fieldwork report (PDF, 5.17 MB)(German language only)

For your information



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Data sets and documentation

    • H: Variables from the Household Question Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 0.52 MB))
    • P: Variables from the Individual Question Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 1.35 MB))
    • INNO: Variables from the Innovation Modules
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 2.52 MB))
    • INNO_H:Household-Variables from the Innovation Modules
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 144.23 KB))
    • IDRM: Person-related Data from Innovative DRM Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 159.93 KB))
    • IDRM_ESM: Person-related DRM Data from Innovative ESM Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 133.73 KB))
    • IESM: Person-related ESM Data from Innovative ESM Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 150.52 KB))
    • IRISK: Decision from Description vs. Decision from Experience
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 117.21 KB))
    • BIO: Variables from the Life Course Question Module
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 0.62 MB))
    • BIOAGE: Variables from the Modules of Questions on Children
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 423.38 KB))
    • BIOBIRTH: Birth Biography of Female and Male Respondents
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 149.49 KB))
    • BIOPAREN: Biography Information on the Parents
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 255.44 KB))
    • COGNIT: Cognitive Achievement Potentials
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 229.72 KB))
    • KID: Pooled Dataset on Children
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 144.82 KB))
    • HGEN: Household-related Status and Generated Variables
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 193 KB))
    • PGEN: Person-related Status and Generated Variables
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 344.63 KB))
    • PPFAD: Person-related Meta-dataset
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 149.91 KB))
    • HBRUTTO: Household-related Gross File
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 137.23 KB))
    • PBRUTTO: Person-related Gross File
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 138.56 KB))
    • PHRF: Weights for Persons
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 101.5 KB))
    • HHRF: Weights for Households
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 101.17 KB))
    • INTV: Variables about the interviewers
      (Dokumentation (PDF, 122.16 KB))

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

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