The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) is a representative, multi-cohort survey that has been running since 1984. Every year, individuals in households throughout Germany are surveyed by our survey institute on behalf of DIW Berlin. These respondents provide information on topics such as their income, employment history, education, and health. Because the same people are surveyed every year, it is possible to track long-term psychological, economic, societal, and social developments. To keep pace with changes in society, random samples are added regularly and the survey is adapted accordingly.
Summary: This is the international Science Use Version of the SOEP-Core dataset 10.5684/soep-core.v35. It contains 95% of all households from the first wave of each SOEP subsample based on a random sampling of the original households in each subsample. It is released for worldwide use.
Title: Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), data from 1984-2018, international version
DOI Find an explanation on the usage of DOI here. : 10.5684/soep-core.v35i
Collection period: 1984-2018
Publication date: 2019-11-01
Principal investigators: Stefan Liebig, Jan Goebel, Martin Kroh, Carsten Schröder, Markus Grabka, Jürgen Schupp, Charlotte Bartels, Alexandra Fedorets, Andreas Franken, Jannes Jacobsen, Selin Kara, Peter Krause, Hannes Kröger, Maria Metzing, Jana Nebelin, David Richter, Diana Schacht, Paul Schmelzer, Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Rainer Siegers, Knut Wenzig, Stefan Zimmermann
Contributor: Kantar Public Germany (Data Collector)
Population: Persons living in private households in Germany
Number of households: 16,000
Number of individuals: 25,000
Special samples: Migration (since 1994/95, 2013, 2015), Refugees (since 2016). A complete description of all samples can be found under SOEP Samples in Detail.
Sampling: All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples which are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk or register sample.
Collection Mode:The interview methodology of the SOEP is based on a set of pre-tested questionnaires for households and individuals. Principally an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 years and over. Additionally one person (head of household) is asked to answer a household related questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This covers also some questions on children in the household up to 16 years of age, mainly concerning attendance at institutions (kindergarten, elementary school)
Citation of the Data Set: Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), data for years 1984-2018, version 35i, SOEP, 2019, doi:10.5684/soep-core.v35i.
Further information and documentation on the dataset can be found on the SOEP-Core v35 page.