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In forming a new German government, we now need speed and courage

Marcel Fratzscher, President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments on the election for the 20th German Bundestag as follows:


SOEPcampus@Home: Online workshop October 14 and 15, 2021

In order to facilitate novel user's access to the rich data-source of the SOEP, we will host another online-workshop in October. The aim of the workshop is to familiarize novel users with the content and structure of the dataset, its potentials for social-scientific research and accompanying documentation matieral. Practical examples of data management will be discussed. The workshop will last two ...

Press Release

German economy will first pick up speed in 2022

DIW Berlin forecasting experts are lowering their forecast for 2021 from 3.2 to 2.1 percent - Supply bottlenecks and material shortages are weighing on German industry - Private consumption remains restrained - With growth of just under five percent, the German economy will pick up speed in 2022 once bottlenecks have been overcome and infection rates have fallen on a sustained basis - Inflation no ...


The new SOEP Annual Report is online!

The 2020 SOEP Annual Report presents an overview of all our activities in the last year. It shines a spotlight on the SOEP’s new projects, partners, and services; Kantar's fieldwork for the various SOEP samples; and the process of data preparation and distribution. The report is available online free of charge. We would also be happy to send you a hard copy on request (

23.07.2021| Janina Britzke

Change of survey institute successfully started

As reported in our last newsletter, Infas has been conducting the fieldwork for the SOEP study since the start of this year. The main SOEP-Core samples are currently in the field, and we are happy to report that surveying is going very well. Infas has also launched a new website presenting the SOEP study to respondents.


SOEP-IS data 1998-2019 ( have been released

Registered data users can now order the data using our online order form. In English: German: The most important news on the 2019 data release: Data from the 2018 innovation modules are included We now provide documentation on all SOEP-IS modules to date as a SOEP Survey Paper . The SOEP-IS Companion provides additional information An ...

22.07.2021| SOEPhotline

DIW Berlin publishes study as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

How can international public climate finance effectively support climate policy of partner countries? The four-year project of the Climate Policy Department sheds light on effective steps to achieve the Paris climate goals in cooperation with four other research institutes in Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. DIW Berlin examines in a new study how international public climate finance (ICF) ...

13.07.2021| Karsten Neuhoff
Personnel news

Daniel Graeber has successfully (with summa cum laude!) defended his dissertation

Daniel Graeber has successfully (with summa cum laude!) defended his dissertation "Socio-Economic Causes and Consequences of Individual Health as well as Public Health Crises" supervised by Professor Dr. Marco Caliendo (1st supervisor) and Professor Dr. Daniel D. Schnitzlein (2nd supervisor) at University of Potsdam. Congratulations!

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Jan Berkes has successfully defended his dissertation

Jan Berkes has successfully defended his dissertation "Causes and Consequences of Educational Attainment and Household Decisions - Six Essays in Applied Microeconomics" supervised by Katharina Spieß (1st supervisor) and Lukas Menkhoff (2nd supervisor) at Free University Berlin. Congratulations!

Personnel news

Nuria Boot has successfully defended her dissertation

Nuria Boot has successfully defended her dissertation "Essays on Common Ownership and Financial Benchmark Rates" supervised by Prof. Dr. Jo Seldeslachts at KU Leuven. Congratulations!

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Catalina Martinez Hernandez has successfully defended her dissertation

Catalina Martinez Hernandez has successfully defended her dissertation "Essays on Large Data Sets and Unbalanced Panels in Empirical Macroeconomics" supervised by Helmut Lütkepohl at Freie Universität Berlin. Congratulations!


First results from the Nationwide Corona Monitoring study: a higher rate of SARS-CoV-2 infections among people with a lower level of schooling and vocational education

Initial results from the RKI-SOEP study show a higher rate of SARS-CoV-2 infections among people with a lower level of schooling and vocational education. The results also reveal that around 2 out of every 100 adults in Germany had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 as of November 2020—around twice as many as officially recorded for this time period. As part of this study, approximately 15,000 adults ...

09.06.2021| Monika Wimmer
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Tomaso Duso appointed to steering committee of new research network "CEPR Competition Policy RPN"

Tomaso Duso was appointed as one of the four members of the steering committee of the newly founded CEPR Competition Policy Research & Policy Network. The purpose of the CEPR Competition Policy RPN is to become a leading platform for the critical discussion of competition policy design and outcomes. The RPN seeks to create a network of academics and enforcers to evaluate both influential decisions ...

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The Graduate Center is mourning Nedim Okan’s death

Nedim Okan died on May 24, 2021, in Istanbul at the age of 31. Nedim was a doctoral student in the 2019 cohort at the BSE. After successfully completing his coursework at the DIW GC, he joined the WZB for his research phase. We are all overwhelmed by this terrible loss. Our thoughts are with his wife, his family and his friends. If you would like to have a personal conversation, you can contact the ...

Personnel news

Melissa Newham has successfully defended her dissertation

Melissa Newham, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the KU Leuven. The dissertation with the title "Essays on the Economics of the Pharmaceutical Industry" was supervised by Jo Seldeslachts (KU Leuven and DIW Berlin). We congratulate Melissa on her success and wish her all the best for her future career!


New Report from Climate Friendly Materials Plattform has been published: Carbon Contracts for Difference. An assessment of selected socio-economic impacts for Germany

This report offers insights to support key German stakeholders on the implementation of an innovative and promising policy instrument for the decarbonization of the basic materials sectors: project-based Carbon Contracts for Difference (CCfDs). It analyses selected socio-economic impacts of introducing this policy instrument in Germany. The reports accounts for the perspective of all relevant groups ...

15.04.2021| Olga Chiappinelli
Press Release

Pandemic delays upswing – Demography slows growth

In their spring report, the leading economic research institutes forecast an increase in gross domestic product of 3.7 percent in the current year and 3.9 percent in 2022. The renewed shutdown is delaying the economic recovery, but as soon as the risks of infection, particularly from vaccination, have been averted, a strong recovery will begin. The economy is likely to return to normal output levels ...


SOEP-Core-Daten 1984-2019 (v36) available

All registered data users can order the data using our online order form. In English: In German: In 2019, two interesting new samples were added: the Top Shareholder Sample (Sample P) and the LGBTQ Sample (Sample Q) covering lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, and those who identify as non-binary. Due to new developments ...

12.04.2021| SOEPhotline

With regard to current events: Measures implemented at the DIW Berlin

In view of the current developments regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus-infection in Berlin, all staff members reduce their presence in the Institute's building to an absolute minimum. Thanks to our IT Department, everybody can be reached via email as well as via the usual landline and mobile telephone numbers. For media representatives, the staff from our press office can also be contacted via ...


German Datenreport 2021 published

The recently published 2021 Data Report answers questions such as: How great is the risk of poverty in Germany? How are people doing at building assets and wealth? How do people perceive income equality in Germany and Europe? One quarter of the 52 reports in the 2021 Data Report are based on SOEP data. The report combines data from official statistical sources with social research data and provides ...

17.03.2021| Monika Wimmer
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