We are delighted in your interest in the SOEP and are happy to explain the data access process at the SOEP Research Data Center (RDC SOEP).
As soon as the contractual conditions have been fulfilled, you can order the SOEP data using our online form. We offer various data formats for use with the standard statistical software (SPSS, Stata, ASCII, etc.). If the dataset you require is not listed there, please contact our hotline.
After your order has been checked and processed, you will be able to download the data for a limited period of time.
A little time after you ordered the data, the time-limited download link will be sent to you by e-mail (FDZ SOEP Cryptshare <email@example.com>). To download the data, you will need two passwords, which will be sent by text message to your cellphone. One of these, your personal password, will allow you to download the data. The second, a wave-specific password, will allow you to open and unpack the zip file.
Please contact us immediately if you do not receive either the e-mail or the text message.
Note the expiration date on the download link: you will only be able to download the data up to that date!
© DIW Berlin
© DIW Berlin
The SOEP-Core dataset contains all federal states and a distinction between urban and rural areas.
To obtain more granular regional data, special contracts are required. To use data on municipal size classes as defined by Boustedt, for instance, and/or to use regional planning data (geocodes), a data protection concept must be submitted that is designed to fit the conditions at your research institution. This concept must be signed by the contractual partner, all data users, and the data protection officer of your institution. You are welcome to send us your draft in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
Detailed information can be found under Regional Data.
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