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The Spread of the Coronavirus in Germany: Socio-Economic Factors and Consequences (SOEP-CoV)

Completed Project

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig

Project Period

April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021

Funded by

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

In Cooperation With

University of Bielefeld

How is the corona pandemic affecting people in Germany and what economic and social impacts will it have in the years to come? SOEP-CoV, a joint project of SOEP and the University of Bielefeld, aims at answering these questions.

On the one hand, the project is investigating how the corona crisis is changing everyday life in Germany and how people are dealing with the situation. On the other hand, it is studying the medium and long-term economic and social impacts of the crisis. These include effects on health and economic inequalities between population groups, individual-level psycho-social factors, and overall social cohesion.

In SOEP-CoV, more than 10,000 SOEP respondents are being interviewed by telephone. The data should become available to researchers with the next SOEP-Core data release. Further information and initial results (mainly in German) can be found in our dossier and on the project website:

Funding for SOEP-CoV is provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of a call for research into the coronavirus since the outbreak of Sars-CoV-2 (in German).