News of SOEP News, Press Releases and job offers of SOEP en SOEP (DIW Berlin) SOEP-Core-Daten 1984-2019 (v36) available ]]> Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:39:00 +0200 German Datenreport 2021 published ]]> Wed, 17 Mar 2021 03:04:00 +0200 SOEPcampus@Home: Online workshop March 25 and 26, 2021 Um neuen NutzerInnen und Interessenten auch in Zeiten von Corona den Einstieg in die Welt der SOEP-Daten zu erleichtern, bieten wir im März einen weiteren Online-Workshop an.

Aufbau, Datenstruktur, Ziehungsdesign und Gewichtungsstrategie des SOEP sowie sich daraus ergebende Analysepotentiale werden vorgestellt und anhand praktischer Beispiele veranschaulicht.

Der Workshop findet ganztägig an zwei Tagen statt. Weitere Informationen zur Workshopreihe sowie einen Registrierungslink finden Sie auf unser Website mit den SOEPcampus-Veranstaltungen.

Die Registrierung ist ab sofort möglich.

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 02:46:00 +0200
SOEPcampus@Home: Online workshop March 25 and 26, 2021 In order to facilitate novel user's access to the rich data-source of the SOEP, we will host another online-workshop in March.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize novel users with the content and structure of the dataset, its potentials for social-scientific research and accompanying documentation matieral. Practical examples of data management will be discussed.

The workshop will last two days.

Further information and the link to the online-registration tool can be found on our SOEPcampus events website.

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 02:39:00 +0200
Continuing restrictions on SOEP research visits due to corona

Up to the end of August 2021, we are unfortunately unable to offer any free slots for the analysis of small-scale regional data at the SOEP Research Data Center, other than guest visits that have already been arranged.

Applications for self-financed short and longer-term research stays by researchers not using the small-scale regional data and/or applications for funding in the framework of the SOEP Visiting Young Scholar Program for 2022 are welcome.

Please contact Christine Kurka at for further information.

Fri, 12 Mar 2021 09:53:00 +0200
Continuing restrictions on SOEP research visits due to corona ]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 09:20:00 +0200 SOEP Research Data Center website relaunched ]]> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 11:49:00 +0200 Study protocol of the ‘CORONA-MONITORING bundesweit’ study (RKI-SOEP study) published ]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 01:14:00 +0200 Holiday greetings from the SOEP - The current SOEPnewsletter The SOEPnewsletter December 2020 in it's html version.

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Mon, 21 Dec 2020 01:42:00 +0200
Sabine Zinn appointed Professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin ]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:55:00 +0200 SOEP-IS for new research questions: call for proposals for the 2021 survey SOEP users are invited to submit proposals for the next round of the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS). For those not yet familiar with SOEP-IS, this unique innovation sample offers great potential as a source of household micro-data, particularly for researchers seeking information that is not available in SOEP-Core—for example, specific information on households or on people’s opinions. For more details see below or our website.

Deadlines for the 2021 survey:
Brief description of project by November 30, 2020
If invited, complete proposal by December 31, 2020

Please note: We now have a template for the complete proposal. Please visit our website at for all details.

Your contact for any questions: David Richter (

Please feel free to circulate this call for proposals in your scientific community.

More information on SOEP-IS:
SOEP-IS can accommodate not only short-term experiments but also longer-term survey modules that are not suitable for SOEP-Core, whether because the survey instruments are still relatively new or because of the specific issues dealt with in the research. Up to now, the SOEP-IS has included (complex) economic behavioral experiments, Implicit Association Tests (IAT), and complex procedures to measure time use (Day Reconstruction Method, DRM).
The SOEP-IS was launched in 2011, and each year since then, researchers at universities and research institutes worldwide have been invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the subsequent year’s survey. A competitive referee process is conducted to select the “best” research questions and operationalizations for implementation in the SOEP-IS. The SOEP Research Data Center distributes the SOEP-IS data to external users as an independent dataset.
Data from SOEP-IS modules are provided exclusively to the researchers who submitted the respective proposals for an initial 12-month period. After this embargo has ended, the data are released to the entire SOEP user community for secondary analysis.
An overview of all SOEP-IS modules to date can be found here.
As a new technical feature, the 2014 SOEP-IS premiered the use of 111 smart phones for data collection using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). If you have an idea for using ESM in the SOEP-IS, please contact us for details.

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:32:00 +0200
News from the SOEP - Concise in the current SOEPnewsletter The SOEPnewsletter October 2020 in it's html version.

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Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:07:00 +0200
New for SOEPhelp - Assistance available in R For data users of SOEP-Core, the SOEP provides assistance in two analysis programs. One is a stata.ado and the other - new one - an R package.
The application simply has to be installed in the respective program and helpful information on the desired data sets or variables can be provided. 

More information in our SOEPcompanion.

If you have questions or remarks, please contact Hans Walter Steinhauer at

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:05:00 +0200
“Nationwide Corona Monitoring” (RKI-SOEP Study): Survey to track COVID-19 infection and immunity in the German population The SOEP’s longitudinal samples (SOEP-Core, SOEP-IS) provide an opportunity to carry out supplementary surveys of a large, representative sample of the German population. From mid-September to mid-November, the SOEP at DIW Berlin and the Robert Koch Institute will be conducting voluntary COVID-19 infection and antibody tests on adult survey respondents in around 21,000 SOEP households. Participants in the study will perform the tests themselves.

Respondents will be sent test kits for acute coronavirus infection (PCR) and an antibody test (DBS) by mail, along with instructions and a short questionnaire on respondents’ current health status, any symptoms of disease, and any previous tests they had been given for COVID-19, in the period from early October to mid-November 2020. After completing the tests, respondents will send the test materials to RKI for laboratory analysis. The information obtained will be linked with data from the 2020 main SOEP survey and made available by the SOEP Research Data Center to researchers worldwide. Because households will continue to be part of the SOEP’s regular surveys in the years to come, researchers will be able to track the long-term effects of infection and immunity levels in the survey population.

The objectives of the study include research into the prevalence of acute COVID-19 disease, population immunity to the novel coronavirus, and the willingness to volunteer for testing. In addition, the study will promote interdisciplinary scientific exchange in COVID-19 research and the long-term provision of research findings on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study will be conducted based on approval from an ethics commission and data protection authorities. The study is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Health.

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 05:23:00 +0200
Staff and community news October 2020
  • Ulrike Ehrlich of the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Lara Minkus and Moritz Hess of SOCIUM, Bremen, received the Best Paper Award 2020 for young researchers from the German Society for Demography in April 2020. The paper, entitled “Einkommensrisiko Pflege? Der Zusammenhang von familiärer Pflege und Lohn” (“The care-wage penalty: the association between family care and wages“) and published in the Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, uses SOEP data to investigate how care for family members within the home affects individual income.
    The article can be accessed  at: DOI 10.1007/s00391-019-01666-5
    DZA press release (in German)

  • Miriam Gauer joined the SOEP as a research associate in August 2020. As a member of the Survey Methodology and Management division, she is working on the SOEP migration samples, documentation, and the generation of migration-related variables and constructs. Her research interests are gender differences and gender equality in processes of integration.

  • Viola Hilbert joined the SOEP in October 2020 as a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Carsten Schröder. She obtained a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. Her research interests include income and wealth distributions, particularly wealth inequalities and social mobility.

  • Prof. Reinhard Hujer deceased
    The SOEP mourns the death of Prof. Reinhard Hujer, who passed away on August 13, 2020, at the age of 79. Hujer, who held a professorship in statistics and econometrics at Goethe University Frankfurt, was a leading participant in Collaborative Research Center 3, “Microanalytical Foundations of Social Policy,” the project from which the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) emerged in 1982. Hujer supported the SOEP’s work in numerous ways over the course of many years. He served as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board from 1990-1992 and used the SOEP data extensively in widely published research.

  • A detailed obituary can be found on the website of Goethe University Frankfurt.

    • Jannes Jacobsen completed his doctorate at the Humboldt University of Berlin with the rating of summa cum laude. His dissertation was entitled “Establishing a Survey of Refugees in Germany: Challenges in Sampling, Field Work and Measurement”. 

    • Peter Krause was awarded the Research Fellow Award 2020 of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS).

    • Stefan Liebig was appointed to the DFG’s Interdisciplinary Commission for Pandemic Research, which was founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission aims to strengthen basic research and identify research needs. The eighteen members representing all scientific disciplines, including SOEP Director Stefan Liebig, convened for their first meeting on June 15, 2020, chaired by DFG President Katja Becker. For more information, see the DFG press release.
    • Katharina Poschmann, a member of the SOEP research staff from 2014 to 2018, successfully completed her doctoral thesis on “Workplace characteristics or personality: What determines participation in continuing education?” in May 2020 in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin.

    • Alina Zainullina began her training as a Specialist in Market and Social Research at the SOEP in September. This makes her the eighth trainee in this program at the SOEP, and we wish her the same success as her predecessors.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 04:27:00 +0200
    SOEP-LEE2: SOEP workplace survey enters second round The SOEP Linked Employer-Employee (SOEP-LEE) survey was conducted for the first time in 2012 and is now entering its second round as SOEP-LEE2. In cooperation with the Institute for Employment and Labour Relations (IPA) at the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg and funded by the Center for Digitization and Technology Research of the German Armed Forces (DTEC.Bw), two waves of SOEP-LEE2 survey data will be collected over the next four years. In SOEP-LEE2, as in its predecessor, dependent employees in the SOEP samples will be asked to provide contact information for their employer. Heads of human resource management or chief executive officers at each employer will be asked about fundamental aspects of organizational goals, environment, and structure. A key focus is on questions about personnel policy and labor relations. The linked individual and organizational data enables a variety of analyses, for example,

    • on (changes in) employment histories and social structures,
    • educational behavior, the use of human capital,
    • chances of achieving career goals,and work and life satisfaction.

    One focus of the first wave of the survey will be on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted human resource management. Longer-term changes in labor relations in the context of ongoing digitization are an central theme of the survey.

    The combination of individual, household, and employer data in this linked employer-employee dataset enriches the SOEP not only with additional variables but also with an additional data source. In addition, the project is intended to contribute to research on survey methodology, for example, dealing with the combined use of survey and Internet research to test the reliability of the data.

    The project will start in November 2020. DIW/SOEP in Berlin and the Institute of Employment and Labour Relations (IPA) in Hamburg will each employ a postdoc and a PhD candidate to carry out the research. A specialist in market and social research will edit and process the data and take charge of transferring the data to the Research Data Center for Business and Organizational Data (FDZ-BO) at DIW/SOEP.

    With this project, the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Armed Forces in Hamburg is strengthening its research cluster OPAL (organization, personnel, labour, and leadership). With the overarching aim of investigating the “Change in Labor Standards for Improved Well-Being”, researchers at DIW Berlin, Technical University Berlin, WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), the University of Hamburg Business School and Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences, and the research cluster OPAL are working together to pursue longer-term perspectives for SOEP-LEE.

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:29:00 +0200
    Call for Proposals: Possibilities for Analyzing Data from the Survey “The Spread of the Coronavirus in Germany: Socio-Economic Factors and Consequences” (SOEP-CoV) From April to June 2020, the SOEP conducted the survey “The Spread of the Coronavirus in Germany: Socio-Economic Factors and Consequences” (SOEP-CoV) in cooperation with the University of Bielefeld and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (for a description of the methodology in German, see: ).
    For SOEP-CoV, every household in the main SOEP sample was contacted, and in those households that agreed to participate in SOEP-CoV, one household member was interviewed by telephone.

    The topics of the survey were:
    a) Prevalence of the virus, health behavior, and health inequalities,
    b) Labor market and employment,
    c) Social life, networks, and mobility,
    d) Mental health and well-being,
    e) Social cohesion
    (the questionnaires are available in German and English at:

    The household and individual information collected in the SOEP-CoV survey can be linked with the information already available on the participating households from previous waves of the regular SOEP survey. A further telephone survey of all SOEP-CoV respondents will take place in early 2021.

    The SOEP-CoV project team is now offering SOEP data users the opportunity to use the SOEP-CoV data to study selected research questions as part of collaborative projects.

    If interested, please submit a one-page outline of your research question to, subject header: SOEP-CoV analysis, by October 15.

    A decision will be made by mid-November.

    Thu, 17 Sep 2020 03:54:00 +0200
    SOEPcampus@home Workshop Series - Registration Now Open In order to facilitate novel user's access to the rich data-source of the SOEP, we will host two online-workshop series in August and November.

    The aim of the workshop is to familiarize novel users with the content and structure of the dataset, its potentials for social-scientific research and accompanying documentation matieral. Practical examples of data management will be discussed. The workshop series contains sessions of 1-2 hours a day for one week.

    Further information and the link to the online-registration tool can be found on our SOEPcampus events website.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 05:18:00 +0200
    SOEPcampus@home Workshop Series - Registration Now Open ]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:51:00 +0200 Stay up to date: The next SOEPnewsletter is online The first Corona edition (SOEPnewsletter April 2020) with links to

    • result of the Leibniz evaluation of the SOEP at DIW Berlin,
    • results of the 2019 SOEP User Survey,
    • data news (SOEP-IS, SOEP-Core and LIS/LWS),
    • SOEP staff news

    and some more

    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 05:48:00 +0200