News of SOEP News, Press Releases and job offers of SOEP en SOEP (DIW Berlin) Staff and community news August 2019 At the start of Summer Semester 2019, Marco Giesselmann took up his new position in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich. At the SOEP, Marco was responsible for organizing SOEPcampus events. Sandra Bohmann has now taken on full responsibility for this task, which she has been carrying out as Marco’s replacement for some time. Marco is now also Senior Research Fellow at the SOEP.

Christian Schmitt will soon take his position as Head of the Office of Statistics and Elections of the City of Leipzig. Until recently, Christian was a research associate at the University of Rostock and generated the BIOBIRTH variables for the SOEP.

Nicolas Legewie has left for a research visit to Pennsylvania State University in the USA.

Diana Schacht will be leaving the SOEP in October to take a position as deputy project director at the the German Youth Institute in Munich. As an expert in migration and integration research, Diana’s responsibilities at the SOEP included generating the migration variables.

We recently reported on some of the new SOEP staff members who joined us earlier this year: Theresa Entringer, Dominique Hansen, Valeriia Heidemann, Hans Werner Steinhauer, and Sabine Zinn.
Another new SOEP staff member is Levent Neyse, who completed his dissertation on “Experiments in Economic Games“ at the Universidad de Granada and subsequently worked as a researcher at the University of Kiel. At the SOEP, he is doing research on behavioral economics.

Also new to the SOEP this year is Laura Spitaleri, a Ph.D. candidate in the SOEP’s “Dynamics of Mental Health of Migrants” project. Before moving to Berlin, she earned her research master’s in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism at Utrecht University. During her studies, she completed a research internship at the Australian National University in Canberra and worked as a research assistant at Utrecht University. Before moving to the field of migration research, she obtained her bachelor and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of Groningen. Laura’s main research interests concern migrants’ mental health and the role of family relations.

Three doctoral students at the SOEP completed and defended their theses this year, all at the FU Berlin, with Carsten Schröder as one of their supervisors:
Johannes König on “Income Inequality and Income Risk“, with Giacomo Corneo (FU Berlin) as his main supervisor;
Maria Metzing on “Essays on Inequality: Income Distribution, (Just) Taxation and Well-being”, with Ronnie Schöb (FU Berlin) as her external supervisor; and
Cortnie Shupe on “Household Finances and Labor Supply: The Role of Public Policies”, with David Neumark (University of California Irvine) as her external supervisor.
A former SOEP grant holder, Julia M. Rohrer, completed her dissertation, “Empirical and Conceptual Perspectives on the Determinants of Subjective Well-Being”, in the Faculty for Life Sciences at the University of Leipzig. Her main supervisor was Stefan Schmukle (University of Leipzig). Gert Wagner (SOEP) served as an additional supervisor.
Congratulations and continued success to all of them!

Elke Holst, longtime SOEP staff member and former director of the Gender Studies Research Group at DIW Berlin has retired. We wish her a long, happy, and fulfilling retirement!

Christian Krekel, previously a doctoral student in the SOEP, will be teaching and conducting research as an Assistant Professor in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics.

Martin Gerike has successfully completed his training as a Specialist in Market and Social Research and is now supporting the SOEP team in preparing the interviewer dataset. He will also be working on the DHMH project.

David Richter, who is responsible for the SOEP Innovation Sample, has been offered a professorship (S-Professur) in Survey Research in the Department of Education and Psychology at FU Berlin.

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:53:00 +0200
Updated data on individual private wealth to be released soon The 2017 wave of the SOEP survey was the fourth to include a module on individual private wealth. The data from this module have been processed to deal with item non-response and to provide user-friendly harmonized variables in the widely used PWEALTH and HWEALTH files, which now include private wealth data from 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017.

The 2017 SOEP wealth module covered two new components of wealth: first, the value of vehicles such as a car, motorcycle, motor home, or privately used truck (variable v0111$), and second, outstanding student loans or BAföG debt (S0111$). These components affect the sum of gross wealth and debts: that is, net worth. The PWEALTH/HWEALTH files will now contain a new net worth variable that includes these two new wealth components (N0111$ / N011H$, $ = a,b,.., e).

As of September 16, registered data users who are interested in using this information can download these files. Please contact:

Documentation on the revised PWEALTH/HWEALTH file will be available soon as a SOEP Survey Paper.

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:19:00 +0200
News on our website relaunch The relaunch of our SOEP Research Data Center website will be delayed further.

The good news is: We have launched our new SOEP start page on the DIW Berlin website.It features a fresh design that’s easy to read design on all devices and new content, including Getting Started , a toolbox of services for new data users.

The new start page highlights the SOEP team’s research and policy advice on topics of Social Inequality and Distribution, Subjective Wellbeing, Personality, Health, Migration and Social Transformation, as well as Survey Methodology and Data Science.

Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:17:00 +0200
We are pleased to welcome the SOEP's 5,000th data user It is Professor Leonardo Becchetti from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

The anonymized SOEP data are only provided for scientific research after a contract has been signed between the data user and DIW Berlin.
Becchetti's topic: Heterogeneity in Beliefs Comparing West and East Germany.

We wish him success in his research!


Tue, 06 Aug 2019 02:02:00 +0200
SOEP User Conference 2020 - Call for Papers is out

SAVE THE DATE: July 9-10, 2020, in Berlin!

The call for papers on our SOEP2020 - 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference is online.

Researchers of all disciplines are invited to submit an abstract.
The theme of the conference and keynote speeches will be "Inequalities and Their Subjective Perceptions in a Changing World".

More information on our  conference website.

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:48:00 +0200
Increasing numbers of older individuals in Germany burdened by housing costs Housing costs have risen sharply since 1996, especially for renters - Two thirds of older renting households spend over 30 percent of their income on rent compared with 38 percent in 1996 – People living alone in particular are affected by high housing costs

Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:00:00 +0200
Just released: the 2018 SOEP Wave Report The 2018 SOEP Wave Report with reports from Kantar and the SOEP unit at DIW Berlin on our fieldwork, publications, activities, and new developments including the SOEP-IS module "Foxes" and the research project SOEP-RV, linking the SOEP with administrative pension data.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 01:50:00 +0200
Call for proposals for the fourth wave of IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany Deadline for the 2020 Survey: September 30, 2019.

Use the Survey of Refugees, now in its fourth wave, for your own research questions.   

The IAB, BAMF, and SOEP invite researchers to propose questions to be added to the Survey of Refugees questionnaire in 2020, its fourth wave. If you would like to suggest any additional questions or items on refugees that are relevant to your current or future research and that would benefit from the longitudinal character of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany (please see project description and the questionnaires 2017), we would be happy to hear from you.  

You can suggest questions on a wide range of topics including:

  • Integration of refugees
  • Language acquisition
  • Education
  • Identity
  • Survey methodology 

In 2021, the Research Data Centers of the SOEP, IAB, and BAMF will present an anonymized dataset including the submitted questions to the German and international community. The survey data are already linked with the IAB’s integrated employment biography data and therefore offer great analytical potential for research on labor markets and integration. Furthermore, the refugee survey will be linked with existing IAB-SOEP migration samples and SOEP samples from 1984 to 2020, offering the opportunity to conduct research across diverse groups, such as Germans, migrants, and refugees.

A total of 4,465 adult refugees in 3,289 households participated in the first wave of IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees (2016). In May 2017, 1,500 additional households were added to the sample. In 2018, 3,911 refugees aged 18 or above who came to Germany as asylum seekers between 2013 and 2016 were interviewed.

Please note that the IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees is a computer-assisted face-to-face survey using audio files in seven different languages: German, English, Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Kurmanji, and Urdu.


Researchers interested in submitting questions or items should contact SOEP Survey Management by August 30, 2019, to present their proposal. If the project is determined to be viable from a survey methodology perspective, an official application procedure will follow. The official application must be received by September 30, 2019.

Applications should be submitted in English to


For further questions, please contact Valeriia Heidemann (

and see the

Regulations on How to Submit a Proposal for IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 02:26:00 +0200
SOEP in Sociology: Reference Article Just published online is the recent journal article to describe and refer to the SOEP data in the field of sociology:

Marco Giesselmann, Sandra Bohmann, Jan Goebel, Peter Krause, Elisabeth Liebau, David Richter, Diana Schacht, Carsten Schröder, Jürgen Schupp, Stefan Liebig. 2019. The Individual in Context(s): Research Potentials of the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) in Sociology. European Sociological Review (online first),

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 01:59:00 +0200
Maria Metzing has successfully defended her dissertation Maria Metzing, who works at the SOEP department, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Freie Universität Berlin.

The dissertation with the title "Essays on Inequality: Income Distribution, (Just) Taxation and Well-being" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Carsten Schröder (DIW Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb (Freie Universität Berlin). We congratulate Maria on her success and wish her all the best for her future career!

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 01:49:00 +0200
Reordering the migspell data Our most recent data release (v34) mistakenly included the previous version of the migspell dataset rather than an updated version. Those interested can reorder this dataset by sending an e-mail to soepmail or calling the SOEPhotline.

Mon, 27 May 2019 01:45:00 +0200
A refugeeā€™s personality is one of the factors which decides how successful integration is An increased willingness to take risks, reciprocating friendliness, and a conviction that they are in control of their own lives lead to refugees gaining a foothold in Germany faster.  

Refugees who are more willing to take risks, who tend to reciprocate friendliness, and who are more strongly convinced than others are that they are in control of their lives integrate into society faster. This is the result of a study undertaken on the basis of the “IAB-BAMF-SOEP Survey of Refugees in Germany” which researchers from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW) devised in conjunction with researchers from the University of the Saarland and the University of Münster. The study was published recently in the “Collabra: Psychology” journal.

Tue, 21 May 2019 09:21:00 +0200
Theresa Entringer joins SOEP Theresa Entringer completed her doctorate with Prof. Gebauer at the University of Mannheim. Her dissertation, entitled “The Sociocultural Motives Perspective: Personality and the social motive for assimilation versus contrast”, investigates why and to what degree sociocultural contexts moderate the relationship between the self-concept and socially and individually relevant variables such as religiosity, prosociality, and self-esteem. Since May, Theresa Entringer has been part of the GDR-Past and Mental Health: Risk and Protection Factors ( DDR-PSYCH) project and will be conducting research on protective and risk factors for psychological health in East vs. West Germany.

Fri, 17 May 2019 12:11:00 +0200
SOEPtutorials - Video Introduction to the SOEP We are pleased to present our new SOEPtutorial series! SOEPtutorials are designed both for first-time users of the SOEP data and for users who would like a quick refresher to bring them back up to date. SOEPtutorials can be watched sequentially for a step-by-step introduction to working with the data, or individually for answers to specific questions.

SOEPtutorials at the DIW Mediathek or SOEP YouTube

Thu, 16 May 2019 12:52:00 +0200
SOEP-IS Release 2017 available The SOEP-IS Release 2017 provides household data from 1998 to bis 2017 and the data from the innovative modules 2011 to 2016.

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.

Thu, 16 May 2019 12:12:00 +0200
Dominique Hansen joins SOEP Dominique Hansen joined the SOEP team in April. He is taking over the development of from Marcel Hebing with a focus on user experience, software quality, and data quality. In his studies of information science, he explored the quality of research software, reproducibility, open science, and good scientific practice.

Mon, 13 May 2019 04:06:00 +0200
Updates to our information system We have integrated the SOEPlong metadata into the SOEP-Core metadata on in the process of updating the information on the current wave of SOEP-Core (v34). We have also made a few additional improvements:

  • Improved presentation of topics. This makes it even easier to search for variables that are relevant to a particular research topic.
  • All questionnaires from 2016 and 2017 are now available on, along with the corresponding variables in both German and English. We are currently working to include previous years’ questionnaires.
  • The SOEPlit database is now available on and can be searched. In it, you can find previously published papers on your research topic. If your own publications are missing, please send us a copy that we can use to update the database and keep in our archives (
  • The “basket” function, which you can use to collect the variables you need, and the script generator, which you can use to create database scripts for the data you need, have been available for some time. You can use this functions after completing a simple registration procedure.
  • Metadata from the German Internet Panel (GIP), a further study outside the SOEP family in addition to TwinLife and pairfam, are now available on

Mon, 06 May 2019 02:31:00 +0200
Recent journal article about the SOEP data out now **Update**

Just published: 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. 2019. The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Journal of Economics and Statistics  239(2), 345-60. doi: 10.1515/jbnst-2018-0022 (Open Access)

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 02:55:00 +0200
In Germany, Younger, Better Educated Persons, and Lower Income Groups Are More Likely to Be in Favor of Unconditional Basic Income by  Jule Adriaans, Stefan Liebig and Juergen Schupp

Representative survey results have shown a stable approval rate for implementing unconditional basic income of between 45 and 52 percent in Germany since 2016/17. In European comparison, this approval rate is low. Younger, better educated persons, and those at risk of poverty support the concept of unconditional basic income in Germany. But these demographics are not the only factors that correlate with attitudes toward unconditional basic income: subjective justice attitudes do as well. The justice norm of equity and unconditional basic income appear to be contradictory. On the other hand, people who find that there are deficits in covering the needs of society’s lower income groups tend to approve of unconditional basic income. Therefore, analyses show that attitudes toward unconditional basic income follow specific patterns and social regularities; and they were relatively stable between 2016 and 2018. As long as uncertainty predominates regarding the social costs and benefits of implementing such a basic income, the relatively high proportion of those in favor must be interpreted with care. It does not indicate that society is actually ready for reforms in this direction.

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:40:00 +0200
Hans Walter Steinhauer member of the SOEP team Hans Walter Steinhauer joined the SOEP team on April 1. He will be working in the Survey Methodology and Management research area on sampling, weighting, and imputation. He will support the research area by contributing his experience from work on the National Educational Panel (NEPS) and other studies of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). Hans holds a doctorate in survey statistics. His research focuses on item and unit non-response as well as panel attrition.

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 04:11:00 +0200