SOEP 2018 - 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference


Conference Report

This year’s SOEP Conference  from July 19 to 20 was a great success. It was held at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), where the first SOEP conference— launched by Gert G. Wagner—took place 25 years earlier, in 1993.

Of the almost 100 papers submitted by researchers from 14 different countries, the scientific committee for the SOEP conference (Charlotte Bartels, Martin Biewen, Diana Schacht, Fabian Pfeffer, Holger Görg) accepted 64 submissions for presentation and nine for the poster sessions.

Keynote speeches were given by Stephen Jenkins (LSE) on “How valid are synthetic panel estimates of poverty dynamics? New evidence from HILDA and the BHPS” and by Armin Falk (briq, Bonn University) on “Global Evidence on Economic Preferences”.

A highlight of the conference was the celebration of Gert G. Wagner’s career achievements, held on the occasion of his retirement. In a special farewell ceremony, Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, gave a presentation highlighting Gert G. Wagner’s numerous accomplishments on behalf of the SOEP and his outstanding contributions to the research.

The conference ended with an awards ceremony. First, the Felix Büchel Award was presented to Armin Falk. The prizes for the best presentations at the SOEP Conference went to three groups of researchers. The first Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 went to Juan Palacios and his co-author Steffen Künn from Maastricht University. The second Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize 2018 went to Benjamin Fischer and his colleague Dominik Hügle from the Freie Universität Berlin, and another second prize went to Stefanie Heyne and Jonas Voßemer from LMU Munich and the University of Bamberg. The 2018 Joachim R. Frick Best Poster Prize went to Tanja Fendel for her poster “The effect of housework on migrants' and native-born individuals’ wages”.

For details on the prize winners and a gallery of photos, please see the following websites:

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The Conference

The 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2018) will be held in Berlin, July 19-20, 2018, at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with SOEP data. Researchers of all disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, geography, political science, public health, psychology and sociology) who use the SOEP or the SOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF) are invited to submit an abstract.

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The conference will take place at the
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

Please enter via the main entrance at Markgrafenstr. 38, 10117 Berlin.
It is situated right across the Konzerthaus Berlin at Gendarmenmarkt
(door at the right side of the photograph).

Contact information

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Tentative schedule | PDF, 26.58 KB (as of July 12th, 2018)

Detailed html program (last update: July 11th, 2018; including abstracts, session chairs, and rooms)

Book of abstracts | PDF, 0.67 MB (as of July 12th, 2018)

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Registration is open now!

We are obliged to charge all conference participants a registration fee.
Regular fee: 140 EUR / Reduced fee (Students & enrolled Phd Students): 80 EUR.
The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunch snacks.
Please consider that participants are cordially invited to join the evening events.

Please register online no later than June 29, 2018.
Participants registering after that date are charged an additional fee of € 30
(regular fee: € 170 and reduced fee: € 110).

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We have pre-booked a limited number of rooms at the following hotels. Please use the information for each hotel to make a reservation directly with the hotel. The rooms are booked on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to change your hotel reservation, date of arrival or date of departure, we kindly ask you to contact the hotel.  The pre-booked hotels offer the possibility to stay in direct proximity of the conference venue.

Berlin has a wide range (more than 800) of hotels all over the city. While every part of the city has its advantages and disadvantages, we will suggest (and prebook) hotels in the area of the conference venue (Gendarmenmarkt – Leipziger Straße – Potsdamer Platz). This area offers public transport connections to the conference venue (BBAW) and many possibilities to experience Berlin after the official part of the conference.

List of (pre-booked) hotels

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Travel Information

Please see links below for information about travel to and within Berlin.
Discover the city with the help of the official Berlin website.

Getting to/from Berlin

By plane: At the site of the Berlin airports you will find domestic, European and intercontinental flights under one roof. There are direct flights from all major European cities to Berlin. Please check with your travel agent or visit Berlin Airport.

Local public transport from and to the Berlin airports Berlin Schönefeld (BER) and Berlin Tegel (TXL).

By train: For information about timetables and prices please visit

Find your way to the venue site:

Public transport: Buses, trains and trams provide quick and comfortable connections throughout Berlin.

The venue

Berlin Welcome Card
BVG map

Network map of S- and U-Bahn
Network map of tramlines
Night network

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Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce as keynote speakers:

Prof. Stephen Jenkins, PhD.
London School of Economics/UK

Prof. Dr. Armin Falk
briq and University of Bonn/Germany

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Felix Büchel Award and Prize for Best Presentations

The Society of Friends of the DIW Berlin (VdF) will honor one excellent SOEP user with the Felix Büchel Award.

The best three papers and the best poster presented at the conference will be awarded with the Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize

The SOEP2018 scientific committee will act as a jury and will present the awards at the end of the conference.

Winners from SOEP 2016:

The Felix Büchel Award 2016 went to Rainer Winkelmann (more information).

The Joachim R. Frick Memorial Prize was awarded to Markus Pannenberg, Mathias Schumann, Janina Nemitz and Claudia Boscher (more information).

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Scientific Committee

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Local Organizers

Charlotte Bartels, Diana Schacht, Christine Kurka, and Janina Britzke

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

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers | PDF, 92 KB

The deadline for submission of abstracts has expired on February 15, 2018.

Submitters have already been notified whether their paper is accepted.

At the 13th International SOEP User Conference the entire SOEP team and research community will celebrate Gert G. Wagner’s numerous accomplishments on behalf of the SOEP. This is a particularly fitting venue, as it was Gert Wagner who launched the first SOEP User Conference in 1993. We are delighted that this conference will be held at the same location as it was 25 years ago: the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) on Gendarmenmarkt, in the center of Berlin.

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