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Tue, 03 Aug 2021 10:04:00 +0200
The new SOEP Annual Report is online! ]]> Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:54:00 +0200 Change of survey institute successfully started ]]> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 04:22:00 +0200 SOEP-IS data 1998-2019 ( have been released ]]> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 04:00:00 +0200 Daniel Graeber has successfully defended his dissertation with summa cum laude ]]> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 11:10:00 +0200 First results from the Nationwide Corona Monitoring study: a higher rate of SARS-CoV-2 infections among people with a lower level of schooling and vocational education ]]> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 02:10:00 +0200 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 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