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March 25 - 26, 2021


Introduction to the German Socio-Economic Panel Study


March 25 - 26, 2021


Online seminar via Cisco Webex


Sandra Bohmann

The German Socio-Economic Panel Study is a representative panel study for the German population, collecting data on a broad variety of topics of everyday life, including general wellbeing, household composition, educational aspirations and educational status, income and occupational biographies, leisure time activities, housing, health, political orientation and more. With its long running panel structure, the breadth of topics and the representative nature of the data, the SOEP has become a central resources for quantitative research in the social sciences in Germany.


This online two-day workshop-series offers a well-grounded and practically oriented introduction to the data of the Socio-Economic Panel Study. Participants will be introduced to the content of the study, its data-structure, sample selection and weighting strategy and they will be provided with an overview over the study documentation.

The entire process from identifying and finding variables containing specific information in the dataset to the creation of the final dataset for analysis and first empirical investigations will be discussed. (Participants who already have access to the data via their home-institutions will be able to practice hands-on.) All hands-on problems will be exercised jointly as well. This practical part of the workshop requires familiarity with methods of empirical analysis and basic programming skills in STATA. Please have a look at the required STATA skills in English (PDF, 274.09 KB) or in German (PDF, 267.62 KB).

You can participate in the Workshop even if you do not have access to the data yet. Actually it is designed for first-time users.


Please register online here.

The workshop will be held in English and participation is free of charge. The seminar will run from nine to five. We will include numerous shorter and longer breaks throughout the day to make the online format as bearable as possible.

We aim for an interactive workshop, so please feel free to ask questions and join the discussion. The more people participate the better the experience for everyone!

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Sandra Bohmann (


Thursday, March 25th

09:00 - 09:15 Arrival – Tech-Check
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and organizational points
09:30 - 12:30 Contents and Structure of the SOEP
(incl. short break)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30 Online Services and
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 - 17:00 Hands-On Session I: Constructing an analysis dataset in panel format and event history analysis with panel data (with break)

Friday, March 26th

09:00 - 10:30 Sampling Design and Weighting Strategy in the SOEP
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Longitudinal data-analysis with the SOEP: Potentials and Limitations
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Hands-On Session II: Intergenerational and contextual analysis
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Q&A Session and Goodbye