New SOEP Research Project: What Are the Social Consequences of the Corona Pandemic?

Report of April 29, 2020

What are the economic and social consequences of the corona pandemic for people in Germany, now and in the future? SOEP researchers are exploring this question together with researchers from the University of Bielefeld, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Charité Berlin, and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB Berlin) as part of the research project “Socio-Economic Factors in and Consequences of the Spread of the Coronavirus in Germany (SOEP-CoV)".

The project is investigating both how the corona crisis is shaping the everyday lives of people in Germany and how people are dealing with the situation, but also the medium and long-term economic and social consequences of the crisis. These include effects on health and economic inequalities between different population groups, the psycho-social consequences for individuals, and cohesion within society as a whole.

For SOEP-CoV, more than 10,000 SOEP respondents have been surveyed by telephone since the beginning of April. A second survey will be conducted when the infection rate has significantly decreased.

The researchers working on the project will assess data as soon as they become available. The results will be published on an ongoing basis as a resource for the public and policy makers. The data are expected to become available to the research community with the release of SOEP-Core data v37.

For more information and initial results as of May 4, 2020, please see the project website:< br/> www.soep-cov.de. (currently only in German)

The SOEP-CoV project is a joint project of the SOEP at DIW Berlin and the University of Bielefeld and is funded by the BMBF as part of its call for research project proposals on COVID-19 in the wake of the Sars-CoV-2 outbreak.

Topics: Health , Inequality