News of SOEP http://www.diw.de/en/diw_02.c.221179.en/news_and_events.html News, Press Releases and job offers of SOEP en http://diw.de/sixcms/media.php/37/thumbnails/soep-logo_kl.jpeg.458933.jpeg SOEP (DIW Berlin) http://www.diw.de/en/soep Refugees in Germany with children still living abroad have lowest life satisfaction http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.603132.en Family strongly influences personal well-being—especially in the case of refugees, whose family members often remain in their homeland. This report is the first to closely examine the well-being and family structures of refugees who came to Germany between January 2013 and January 2016. It uses data from the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany. Among individuals aged between 18 and 49, nine percent have minor children living outside Germany, whereas twelve percent have a husband or wife living abroad. If the nuclear family is living in Germany—which is more often the case for women than men—refugees are measurably more satisfied with their lives. These findings are also confirmed when accounting for other potential factors for well-being. These findings should be given greater consideration—not least in the debate on family reunification—to enable successful migration, integration, and family policies. [...]


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Wed, 17 Oct 2018 05:38:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.603132.en
DIW Berlin part of new Excellence Cluster analyzing global challenges for the liberal democracy and market economy model http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.601326.en DIW Berlin is part of a new Cluster of Excellence based in Berlin. Contestations of the Liberal Scripts (SCRIPTS) will analyze the contemporary controversies regarding the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. Prof. Martin Kroh of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin is one of the 25 researchers participating in the Cluster.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the liberal model of political and economic order faces a profound crisis. What are the causes of the current contestations of the liberal script, and what are the consequences for the global challenges of the 21st century? The Cluster will address these questions by connecting the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, thereby bridging prevailing methodological and institutional divides. Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient are the other institutions participating in the Cluster. Based on research collaborations with universities in all world regions, SCRIPTS addresses the diversity of the contestations and their inter-connections. At the same time, the Cluster maintains close cooperative ties with major political and cultural institutions.

Excellence Clusters are far-reaching research cooperation projects in which researchers of various disciplines work together on a particularly meaningful and trend-setting topic. Excellence Clusters are funded by the German Federal State as well as the German regional states.


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Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.601326.en
Inequality of Earnings in Germany Generally Accepted but Low Incomes Considered Unfair http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.597947.en Earnings differences are a recurring topic of public discussion in Germany. Data from the long-term Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study as well as a separate survey of German employees (LINOS) show that earnings inequalities are generally perceived as fair while a substantial share of the respondents find the current earnings distribution in Germany unfair. This applies above all to the middle and lower end of the earnings distribution, where respondents perceive there to be particularly severe underpayment. More rarely do respondents find that employees earning high salaries are unfairly overpaid. Perceived unfairness in the upper strata of the earnings distribution is associated with a reduction in effort at the workplace while perceived unfairness in the lower end of the earnings distribution is accompanied by a lack of participation in the democratic process.


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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.597947.en
Michaela Engelmann retires http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.597021.en Michaela Engelmann's voice is very familiar to many data users and respondents. Since 2005, it has answered telephone inquiries from SOEP users and forwarded questions to experts in the SOEP team. Since 2008 she has also been the contact person for the SOEP interviewees at DIW Berlin. More than a dozen waves of SOEP data have been sent to researchers either as DVDs or digitally provided in encrypted form for several years, thus transmitting countless passwords.

Michaela Engelmann began working for the DIW Berlin in 1978 after completing her apprenticeship. She worked in several departments as a team assistant and later as a technical editor for the DIW before joining SOEP in 2005. Since then she has been in charge of the SOEP hotline, built up the SOEP contract management, participated in the conception and implementation of SOEP user surveys, and designed and produced several user-friendly online documentation. From 2011 to 2015, she was also responsible for compliance with the SOEP trainee training plan for market and social research trainees (FAMS).

After 40 years with DIW Berlin, the SOEP team wishes Michaela all the best for her well-deserved retirement.

From September 1, 2018, Janine Napieraj will be in charge of the SOEP hotline and will also be the first point of contact for SOEP data users in contractual matters.


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Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:24:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.597021.en
Michaela Engelmann retires http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596968.en Michaela Engelmann's voice is very familiar to many data users and respondents. Since 2005, it has answered telephone inquiries from SOEP users and forwarded questions to experts in the SOEP team. Since 2008 she has also been the contact person for the SOEP interviewees at DIW Berlin. More than a dozen waves of SOEP data have been sent to researchers either as DVDs or digitally provided in encrypted form for several years, thus transmitting countless passwords.

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Michaela Engelmann began working for the DIW Berlin in 1978 after completing her apprenticeship. She worked in several departments as a team assistant and later as a technical editor for the DIW before joining SOEP in 2005. Since then she has been in charge of the SOEP hotline, built up the SOEP contract management, participated in the conception and implementation of SOEP user surveys, and designed and produced several user-friendly online documentation. From 2011 to 2015, she was also responsible for compliance with the SOEP trainee training plan for market and social research trainees (FAMS).

After 40 years with DIW Berlin, the SOEP team wishes Michaela all the best for her well-deserved retirement.

From September 1, 2018, Janine Napieraj will be in charge of the SOEP hotline and will also be the first point of contact for SOEP data users in contractual matters.


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Thu, 30 Aug 2018 03:15:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596968.en
Recent journal article about the SOEP data out now http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596070.en Just published online: a new journal article to describe and refer to the SOEP data.

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


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Fri, 10 Aug 2018 02:58:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.596070.en
Call: InGRID Summer school ‘EU-SILC training workshop: Comparative research on migration’ http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.595723.en An additional call for an InGRID Summer school
25 - 26 October 2018
at DIW Berlin
is open.

Deadline for applications: 3 September 2018
Information on applications: 11 September 2018

General information

The ‘EU-SILC trainings workshop: Comparative research on migration’ aims at training doctoral students or early-career researchers. It is also open to academics, policy practitioners and other interested users, who want to provide participants with opportunities to discuss their projects and to network with leading international experts and other colleagues in the field.

The summer school will take place in the center of Berlin, at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and will be hosted by the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin. The SOEP will provide and organize logistics for the week (practical information will be given soon). 


For more information please see here.


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Fri, 03 Aug 2018 02:11:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.595723.en
Call for Papers: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research 1/2019 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593894.en „Future of capital funded old age provision in Germany – sovereign wealth funds versus individual retirement accounts“

Editors: Timm Bönke, Markus M. Grabka and Carsten Schröder

In May 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs duly convened the pension commission “reliable inter-generational contract (Verlässlicher Generationenvertrag)”. In brief, the ambitious mission is to present “a roadmap to ensure a sustainable safeguard and advancement the old age security systems for 2025 and beyond and to build the foundation for a new and reliable inter-generational contract”.

The challenges for the German old age-security system are large. The replacement rate of the statutory pension insurance (Gesetzlichen Rentenversicherung) is today already less than 50 percent and scheduled to decline even further to 43 percent in 2030. According to estimation of the Federal Statistical Office, the old-age dependency ratio – the ratio of persons 60 and older to persons between 20 and 60 – will distinctly rise form 49.7 in 2013 to 74.5 in 2030. A development at a time where the federal grant to support the budget of the statutory pension insurance is around 91 billion Euro and hence the largest position within the annual budget of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

In the past, the Rürup-Commission introduced a course for an inter-generational balanced financing of public, company and private based old age benefits. In particular, an adjustment of the German 3-pillar-system (public, company, and private old age provisions) was agreed to and with the introduction of subsidies for private old-age provisions – the so-called Riester- and Rürup-contracts – established. Albeit the number of Riester-contracts reached 16.5 million, the effectivity of Riester products is questionable and subject to fundamental critic: the products are deemed to complex, realize only low rate of returns and administrative costs are high. Further, low-income earners, a group especially threatened by old-age poverty in the future, show very modest participation rates. Therefore, many analyst assess the policies to stimulate private old age savings as insufficient. However, there is a pronounced interest to have a strong and profitable capital funded pillar next to unfunded public pillar in the German old age security system.

One possibility to broaden the basis for old age security are sovereign wealth funds in the form of pension funds. Here, the view abroad is revealing. Many countries established sovereign wealth funds for this purpose. Pension funds invest in capital markets in order to supplement rising future pension obligations due to demographic change with the realized returns from the investments. Since the 1990, several reserve funds were established at the state and federal level in Germany to counter rising pension obligation for civil servants. These pension reserve funds can be regarded as first beginnings of pension funds in Germany.
Another path is to establish government administrated individual retirement accounts or government regulated standard old age savings products to ensure easy access to capital markets while simultaneously keeping costs to a minimum, ensuring transparency and yield high rate of returns. Again, several international role models exist (e.g. Sweden).

Aim of the envisioned Quarterly Journal of Economic Research issue is to present experiences with capital funded sovereign wealth funds and individual retirement accounts as well as hybrids of both and to establish, which international role models provide interesting solutions for the German context and what are the challenges of an implementation in Germany. Scrutinized aspects are covered individuals, the necessity for obligatory participation and basis of funding, rate of returns and investment strategies, administration, etc.

Welcome are both empirical and theoretical contributions. Political implications of presented findings should be explained and discussed. In addition, we are interested in position papers from organization, policy makers and business. The emphasis is on examples of currently existing or former sovereign wealth funds and capital funded individual retirement account schemes.

The editorial team is responsible for the issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economic Research. Authors who consider a contribution (German or English) are asked to submit an abstract (maximum 1 page) until August 31, 2018 to Markus M. Grabka (mgrabka@diw.de). Authors will receive a timely response if the contribution will be considered. Final contributions should not exceed 30.000 characters and have to be submitted by December 15, 2018. Final contributions will be subject to copyediting and a review process. The issue is scheduled to be published in spring 2019.


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Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:12:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593894.en
New publication: The SOEP Wave Report 2017 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593245.en The current SOEP Wave Report 2017 has been published and is available for download.
It contains a look at the important developments in the SOEP-Core samples, innovations at SOEP-IS, the current fieldwork reports of Kantar Public as well as projects and activities of the SOEP Research Data Center. A list of all SOEPpapers and SOEP Survey Papers as well as selected scientific publications of the last year, which use the SOEP data, complete the report - all in English.

Please download here.


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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:57:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.593245.en
SOEPnewsletter 119 published http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591245.en We are happy to present our recent SOEPnewsletter 119, June 2018.


We

  • provide you with information about the release 2016 of the SOEP-IS data, which are out now,
  • give you the opportunity to submit applications to an InGRID summer school on migration research at DIW Berlin,
  • invite you to an international workshop on longitudinal data management and analysis (CNEF workshop) at DIW Berlin,
  • give information about some issues in the latest SOEP-Core distribution,
  • inform about workshops, staff and community news, new publications

and many more.


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Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:41:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591245.en
SOEP-IS Release 2016 available http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591038.en The SOEP-IS Release 2016 provides household data from 1998 to bis 2016 and the data from the innovative modules 2011 to 2015.

We will be happy to receive your order. Please use our online form.

More information on data access, sample development, innovative modules and the data files included you will find here.


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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 04:32:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.591038.en
Known Issues in the current SOEP-Core distribution http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584388.en In the data distribution soep.v33.1 (1984-2016) some issues occured, which are described  here and can be fixed by the provided scripts.


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Fri, 01 Jun 2018 04:05:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584388.en
Income Distribution in Germany : Real Income on the Rise since 1991 but More People with Low Incomes http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584775.en Between 1991 and 2015, the real disposable, needs-adjusted income of persons in private households in Germany rose by 15 percent on average. The majority of the population has benefited from the growth in real income, but the groups at the lower end of the income distribution have not. Inequality in both market and disposable needs-adjusted household income has remained high. These are the findings of the present study based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study. The risk-of-poverty rate was 16.8 percent in 2015, in comparison to around 11 percent in the mid-1990s. The risk-of-poverty rate among the population without a migration background was 13 percent. At 29 percent, it was more than twice as high for persons with a direct migration background - those who were born in a foreign country and then migrated to Germany. The increase in the risk-of-poverty rate is mainly the result of the higher proportion of migrants. Differentiating by housing status yields a constant low risk-of-poverty rate for homeowner households, while tenant households must confront a significant increase in the risk of poverty.


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Thu, 24 May 2018 10:20:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584775.en
Upward and downward social mobility probabilities have converged for men and women http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584816.en This study investigates professional social mobility, i.e., changes in one’s occupational status compared to that of their parents. It uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (Sozio-ökonomisches Panel, SOEP) on middle-aged, western Germans who were born between 1939 and 1971. On average, social status relative to parents has increased (absolute social mobility). However, looking at how positions change from parents to their children relative to their respective cohorts (relative social mobility) shows that, on average, little has changed in this respect since the Second World War. A person is still much more likely to achieve a position in the top status group if the parents already had such a position. Looking at specific social groups, the picture is more differentiated. Mobility patterns for men and women have largely converged during the observation period: men experience downward mobility more often than before and women experience upward mobility more frequently.


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Thu, 24 May 2018 10:19:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584816.en
SOEP mourns loss of former SOEP Director Wolfgang Zapf http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584082.en Wolfgang Zapf, former SOEP Director and longtime supporter and advocate for the SOEP, passed away in late April at the age of 81.

Wolfgang Zapf was instrumental in the founding of the SOEP study in the early 1980s, together with colleagues in the fields of sociology and economics. He has had an enduring influence on the measurement concepts used in the SOEP, and his quality of life concept has become a become central to SOEP longitudinal study. When Hans-Jürgen Krupp left DIW Berlin in 1988, Wolfgang Zapf took on the responsibilities of interim director without question—despite his extensive responsibilities as President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center—in characteristic solidarity with what was then the SOEP project group based at DIW Berlin. He went on to serve for many years as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board, providing advice and expertise to the panel project. 


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Tue, 08 May 2018 03:16:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584082.en
SOEP mourns loss of former SOEP Director Wolfgang Zapf http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583926.en Wolfgang Zapf, former SOEP Director and longtime supporter and advocate for the SOEP, passed away in late April at the age of 81.

Wolfgang Zapf was instrumental in the founding of the SOEP study in the early 1980s, together with colleagues in the fields of sociology and economics. He has had an enduring influence on the measurement concepts used in the SOEP, and his quality of life concept has become a become central to SOEP longitudinal study. When Hans-Jürgen Krupp left DIW Berlin in 1988, Wolfgang Zapf took on the responsibilities of interim director without question—despite his extensive responsibilities as President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center—in characteristic solidarity with what was then the SOEP project group based at DIW Berlin. He went on to serve for many years as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board, providing advice and expertise to the panel project. 


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Tue, 08 May 2018 12:16:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583926.en
SOEP 2018 - Registration is open now http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583920.en

The registration for the 13th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2018) is open now!

Please visit our conference homepage for more information (the detailled program will be published soon).

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, and conference 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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Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.583920.en
How to work with spell data http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.581706.en Spell, duration or event history data are used frequently in the social sciences. Handling this kind of data can be cumbersome, especially when you want to supplement spell data with panel data or vice versa. Alternatively, you might want to combine two spell files or enrich spell data with information on events while keeping the spell structure of your data. To accomplish these tasks, we provide five do-files to facilitate the data management.

For a short abstract please click here

For example do-files please click here

For a full documentation on how to use the do-files please click here


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Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:02:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.581706.en
Martin Kroh has been appointed professor at the University of Bielefeld http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579169.en Martin Kroh, former Division Head of Survey Methodology and Management at the SOEP, has been appointed Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research with a focus on quantitative methods at the University of Bielefeld starting January 1, 2018.

He will continue to support the SOEP in the area of survey methodology during a transitional period and also work on joint ongoing research projects.


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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:51:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579169.en
Inequality in Germany: decrease in gap for gross hourly wages since 2014, but monthly and annual wages remain on plateau http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579153.en Despite the booming German labor market, wage inequality is still a relevant issue. In the present study, the authors report on the changes in wages and their distribution between 1992 and 2016. In addition to real contractual gross hourly wages, we closely examined gross monthly and annual wages. Based on Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) data, the results show that wage inequality rose significantly between 1992 and 2005, in particular with respect to monthly and annual wages. Since then inequality in monthly and annual wages has plateaued at its 2005 level. Inequality in hourly wages has decreased only since 2014, and between 2013 and 2016, average real gross hourly wages rose by five percent after a longer phase of stagnation. For the lowest ten percent of the population, they rose by 13 percent—a rate related to the implementation of sector-specific wages and the statutory minimum wage. However, these minimum wages obviously did not affect monthly and annual wages as anticipated.


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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:00:00 +0200 http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.579153.en