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SOEP-Core v28.1 (update, data 1984-2011)

The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, located at the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin. Every year, there were nearly 11,000 households, and more than 20,000 persons sampled by the fieldwork organization TNS Infratest Sozialforschung. The data provide information on all household members, consisting of Germans living in the Old and New German States, Foreigners, and recent Immigrants to Germany. The Panel was started in 1984. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators. As early as June 1990-even before the Economic, Social and Monetary Union-SOEP expanded to include the states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), thus seizing the rare opportunity to observe the transformation of an entire society. An immigrant sample was added as well to account for the changes that took place in Germany society in 1994/95. Further new samples were added in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2011. The survey is constantly being adapted and developed in response to current social developments. The international version contains 95% of all cases surveyed.

Dataset Information

Title: Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), Data from 1984-2011

DOI: 10.5684/soep.v28.1
Collection period: 1984-2011
Publication date: 19.12.2012
Principal investigators: Jürgen Schupp, Martin Kroh, Jan Goebel, Silke Anger, Marco Giesselmann, Markus Grabka, Peter Krause, Elisabeth Liebau, Henning Lohmann, David Richter,Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Juliana Werneburg, Frauke Peter, Ingrid Tucci

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In some cases, reports of a past divorce were not taken into account in the data generation process. In addition, the reported year of death of a former partner was in some cases overwritten by the respective current year of the interview. This affected not only the start and end date of some spells but also missing information and validation checks.

The mistakenly overwritten information in the generation of BIOCOUPL$ affected validation checks. A majority of the formerly missing information is now available. However, the number of implausible answers has also risen in the process.