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July 9 - 10, 2020

International SOEP User Conference

SOEP 2020 - 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (canceled and postponed to 2022)


July 9 - 10, 2020


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

Dear SOEP 2020 submitters and interested scientists,

Due to ongoing health concerns and logistical problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local organizing committee of the SOEP 2020 Conference is sorry to inform you that we have had to cancel the conference in 2020 and are postponing the next SOEP Conference to early July 2022.

We hope you are staying healthy and safe in these extraordinary times and would be happy to see you at next year's regular conference 2022. Further details will be forthcoming by the end of 2021.

Philipp Lersch, Maria Metzing, Carsten Schröder, Janina Britzke, and Christine Kurka

The 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2020) will be held in Berlin on July 9-10, 2020 at DIW Berlin. The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP (including the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and LIS/LWS data) with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with their peers. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology, and sociology) are invited to submit an abstract.

The theme of the conference and keynote speeches will be "Inequalities and Their Subjective Perceptions in a Changing World". We particularly welcome contributions examining income and wealth inequalities and how these inequalities are subjectively perceived, experienced, interpreted, and reacted to.

We also encourage submissions outside of this thematic focus, in particular submissions using the longitudinal features of SOEP as well as papers on survey methodology and cross national comparative analysis.

Selected conference papers will be published in a special Issue of Social Indicators Research (edited by Philipp Lersch, Stefan Liebig, Maria Metzing, and Carsten Schröder). All submissions will undergo the standard refereeing procedure of the journal."

Please submit electronic versions of abstracts (up to 300 words) no later than JAN 31, 2020 to:

Acceptance: March 15, 2020

Registration starts: tba

Early registration deadline: tba

Late registration deadline: tba

Conference dates: July 9-10, 2020

Katrin Auspurg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Philipp M. Lersch, HU Berlin and DIW Berlin

Maria Metzing, DIW Berlin

Stefan Schmukle, University of Leipzig

Pia Schober, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Carsten Schröder, DIW Berlin and FU Berlin

Roland Verwiebe, University of Potsdam


We are pleased to announce as keynote speakers:

Paul K. Piff
University of California Irvine, USA

Eva Sierminska
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research - LISER, Luxemburg

The 14th SOEP conference will take place at the DIW Berlin.

Please enter via the main entrance at Mohrenstr. 58, 10117 Berlin.

We are obliged to charge a regular conference fee of 150 EUR and a reduced fee of 90 EUR for students and enrolled PhD students.

We ask scholars to pay their own travel costs. If this is not possible, partial reimbursement of expenses may be provided to presenters (one grant per paper) upon request. Information on how to apply for travel support will be provided after notification of acceptance.

The Society of Friends of the DIW Berlin will honor the best three papers and the best poster presented at the conference with the Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize. The SOEP2020 scientific program committee will act as a jury and will present the award at the end of the conference.

Maria Metzing, Carsten Schröder, Philipp Lersch (program) 

Christine Kurka and Janina Britzke (conference management)

If you have any further questions please contact the local organizers at: 



Janina Britzke
Janina Britzke

Staff Member of the Division Knowledge Transfer in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department