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SOEP-IS 2020 (Data 1998-2020)

SOEP-IS is a panel for short-term experiments and long-term surveys that are not possible in the SOEP-Core—for instance, because they require instruments that are not yet well established or that deal with very specific research topics. Since 2011 the annual interviews have contained not only questions from the SOEP-Core but also innovative modules, which are selected in a peer-reviewed competition as of the 2013 survey year to identify the "best" research questions. The survey is conducted by  Kantar Public Germany using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) and is representative for Germany as a whole. Some of the many topics include earnings, employment, education, and health.

Dataset Information

Title: SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS), data from 1998-2020

DOI info : 10.5684/
Collection period: 1998-2020
Publication date: 2022-xx-xx
Principal investigators: Jan Goebel, Stefan Liebig, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, Jürgen Schupp, Knut Wenzig

Data collector: Kantar Public Deutschland GmbH

Population: Persons living in private households in Germany.

Selection method: All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples which are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk.

Collection mode: The SOEP-IS is conducted using CAPI (Computer-assisted personal interviewing) exclusively. In principle, an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 and over. Additionally, one person (head of household) is asked to complete a household questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This also includes some questions about children up to 16 years of age in the household (e.g., kindergarten attendance, elementary school attendance, etc.).

Citation of the Data Set: SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS), data from 1998-2020. 2022. DOI: 10.5684/

Questionnaire 2020: Var-de
Questionnaire 2020 (BIP, Parents): Var-de
Questionnaire 2020 (BIP, Students): Var-de
Questionnaire 2020 (FGZ): Var-de
Questionnaire 2020: Var-en
Questionnaire 2020 (FGZ): Var-en

Please find all sample specific questionnaires of this year and all questionnaires of previous years on this site

1) SOEP-IS 2020 – HRF: Weights for Households

2) SOEP-IS 2020 – PPFAD: Person-Related Meta-Dataset

3) SOEP-IS 2020 – PBRUTTO: Person-Related Gross File

4) SOEP-IS 2020 – HBRUTTO: Household-Related Gross File

5) SOEP-IS 2020 – PGEN: Person-Related Status and Generated Variables

6) SOEP-IS 2020 – HGEN: Household-Related Status and Generated Variables

7) SOEP-IS 2020 – PHRF: Weights for Persons

8) SOEP-IS 2020 – P: Variables from the Individual Question Module

9) SOEP-IS 2020 – H: Variables from the Household Question Module

10) SOEP-IS 2020 – BIO: Variables from the Life Course Question Module

11) SOEP-IS 2020 – BIOPAREN: Biography Information on the Parents

12) SOEP-IS 2020 – BIOAGE: Variables from the Modules of Questions on Children

13) SOEP-IS 2020 – BIOBIRTH: Birth Biography of Female and Male Respondents

14) SOEP-IS 2020 – KID: Pooled Dataset on Children

15) SOEP-IS 2020 – INNO: Variables from the Innovation Modules

16) SOEP-IS 2020 – INNO_H: Household-Variables from the Innovation Modules

17) SOEP-IS 2020 – IBIP_PARENT: Variables from Bonn Intervention Panel (Parents)

18) SOEP-IS 2020 – IBIP_PUPIL: Variables from Bonn Intervention Panel (Children)

19) SOEP-IS 2020 – ILANGUAGE: Variables from Innovative Language Modules

20) SOEP-IS 2020 – ILOTTERY: Variables from an Innovative Lottery Experiment in 2016

21) SOEP-IS 2020 – IDRM: Person-Related Data from Innovative DRM Module

22) SOEP-IS 2020 – IDRM_ESM: Person-Related DRM Data from Innovative ESM Module

23) SOEP-IS 2020 – IRISK: Decision from Description vs. Decision from Experience

24) SOEP-IS 2020 – COGNIT: Cognitive Achievement Potentials

25) SOEP-IS 2020 – INTV: Variables about the Interviewers