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SOEPnewsletter July 2021

Dear Colleagues,

As work slows down and summer holidays begin, many of us are enjoying our vacations more than we were able to last year. Before work takes off again at the end of the summer, we would like to invite you to save the date for our 2022 SOEP User Conference! The conference will be held in Berlin from June 30 to July 1, 2022.

And: We currently have a number of job openings. Two of these are somewhat unusual for the SOEP: We are urgently seeking applicants with an IT background for software developer and system administrator positions. All our job offers can be found on this page (in German).

With best wishes for a relaxing summertime

Uta Rahmann

  • The 1998-2019 SOEP-IS data ( have been released. Registered data users can now order the data using our online order form.
    In English:
    In 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 error in the coding of sports participation data in dataset P has been corrected. For more information, see the Changes in the Dataset section of our webpage on the current data release.


    • Change of survey institute

      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.

    • First results from the RKI-SOEP Nationwide Corona Monitoring study

      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 took a SARS-CoV-2 antibody test and answered a questionnaire. For further information, see the RKI factsheet (in German) and on our project website.

    • 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 (PDF, 5.39 MB) free of charge. We would also be happy to send you a hard copy on request (

    • Study on the impacts of social ostracism in everyday life
      People experience ostracism in many areas of life. A research team at the universities of Koblenz-Landau, Mannheim, and Basel conducted a large-scale survey to study the effects of ostracism in everyday life and over a longer period of time. Their aim was to find out what factors make it more or less likely that people experience ostracism in everyday life and what the long-term impacts of ostracism are. Their key findings: Younger adults experience ostracism more than older adults, and people who have experienced higher levels of ostracism are more likely to develop depressive symptoms in subsequent years. More in the University of Koblenz-Landau press release (in German).

      Rudert, S. C., Janke, S. & Greifeneder, R. (2021). Ostracism breeds depression: Longitudinal associations between ostracism and depression over a three-year-period. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports. doi:

      Rudert, S. C., Janke, S. & Greifeneder, R. (2020). The experience of ostracism over the adult life span. Developmental Psychology, 56(10), 1999-2012. doi:

    • At the end of June, we bid a fond farewell to our colleague Christine Kurka as she enters retirement. Christine has worked to build the SOEP since its beginnings at DIW Berlin. Over the years, she has held responsibility for virtually all important support functions at the SOEP. We are grateful to Christine for her enormous commitment and dedication to the SOEP, and wish her all the success in the world with her photography and the many other activities she will be embarking on!

    • In March, Selin Kara passed her exams to become a certified instructor for the SOEP’s future trainees in market and social research. Congratulations, Selin!

    • Daniel Graeber successfully defended his dissertation “Socio-Economic Causes and Consequences of Individual Health as well as Public Health Crises” at the end of June with the distinction summa cum laude! Daniel was advised by Marco Caliendo (first supervisor) and Professor Dr. Daniel D. Schnitzlein (second supervisor) at the University of Potsdam. Congratulations, Daniel!