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SOEPcompanion to replace DTC

Report of November 29, 2018

The SOEPcompanion offers users a wealth of information on the data in the main SOEP survey (SOEP-Core).

This online handbook is designed to help new users getting started with the SOEP by introducing the survey, its structure, and research potential. The SOEPcompanion provides also important information on the topics in SOEP-Core, survey design, the various subsamples, a precise explanation of the data structure, and specific instructions on working with the various SOEP data products. In sum, we believe it will become an important reference and practical manual for understanding and working with the SOEP-Core data.

Browse the beta version of our new SOEPcompanion!

Contact: Stefan Zimmermann, Selin Kara

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