Access to the SOEP data

Contract Management

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SOEPdata Documents



To process your application, we need the following:

  1. the full office address (including telephone and fax number) of the person in charge of the research project (in the case of a student or doctoral thesis, the supervisor);
  2. the title of the research project or research program in which you wish to use the data.

If you should have any further questions, please contact the .

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Data protection

Each individual employee who works with SOEP data in your research group must be obliged to adhere to data protection regulations. You can obtain copies of the relevant forms together with the contract on data distribution. If you have run out of copies, you can obtain a sample for a data protection form | PDF, 70.3 KB here.

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New projects

Please just send us a short note with the title of your new research project (). If you use the data within the framework of commissioned work for a third party, please inform us of the fact. User fees must be agreed upon in that case.

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To improve the data distribution documentation in future, we would like to ask you to acknowledge the use of a data set and the institution that provided it (either at the beginning of a footnote or in the foreword of a book). The following acknowledgement should be made:

The data used in this publication were made available to us by the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin.

If you would like to cite a published journal article that describes the SOEP then please use:

  • Jan Goebel, Markus M. Grabka, Stefan Liebig, Martin Kroh, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, Jürgen Schupp. 2018. The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics (online first), doi: 10.1515/jbnst-2018-0022


If you would like to cite a published journal article that describes the SOEP, i.e. the scientific use file with the 95% version of the SOEP, then please use:


When using PanelWhiz, a collection of Stata/SE® add-on scripts that automatically extract data from large panel datasets including the SOEP, we ask that you include the following citation:


Documenting the use of the SOEP in scientific research is very important in our evaluation process and ultimately for the survival of this project. As you know the transfer of your publications is stipulated in your user contract. Unfortunately our SOEPlit databank is far from complete. For this reason please send us () all your publications based on the SOEP.

Thank you very much!

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