The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, located at the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin. Every year, there were nearly 15,000 households, and more than 25,000 persons sampled by the fieldwork organization TNS Infratest Sozialforschung. The data provide information on all household members, consisting of Germans living in the Eastern and Western German States, foreigners, and immigrants to Germany. The Panel was started in 1984. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators. As early as June 1990—even before the Economic, Social and Monetary Union—SOEP expanded to include the states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), thus seizing the rare opportunity to observe the transformation of an entire society. Also immigrant samples were added in 1994/95 and 2013/2015 to account for the changes that took place in Germany society. Two samples of refugees were introduced in 2016. Further new samples were added in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The survey is constantly being adapted and developed in response to current social developments.
Summary: This is the international Science Use Version of the SOEP-Core dataset 10.5684/soep.v34. 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 1984-2017, International Scientific Use Version
Collection Period: 1984-2017
Publication Date: 2019-03-05
Principal investigators: Jürgen Schupp, Jan Goebel, Martin Kroh, Carsten Schröder, Charlotte Bartels, Klaudia Erhardt, Alexandra Fedorets, Andreas Franken, Marco Giesselmann, Markus Grabka, Selin Kara, Peter Krause, Hannes Kröger, Simon Kühne, Maria Metzing, Janine Napieraj, Jana Nebelin, David Richter, Diana Schacht, Paul Schmelzer, Christian Schmitt, Daniel Schnitzlein, Rainer Siegers, Knut Wenzig, Stefan Zimmermann
Data collector: Kantar Public Germany
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 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 12 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 12 years of age, mainly concerning attendance at institutions (kindergarten, elementary school, etc.)
Citation of the data set: Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), data for years 1984-2017, version 34i, SOEP, 2019, doi:10.5684/soep.v34i.
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Individual (PAPI) 2017: Field-de,en Var-de Var-en
Household (PAPI) 2017: Field-de,en Var-de Var-en
Biography (PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Catch-up Individual (PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Youth (16-17-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Early Youth (13-14-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Pre-teen (11-12-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Mother and Child (Newborns, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Mother and Child (2-3-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Mother and Child (5-6-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Parents and Child (7-8-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Mother and Child (9-10-year-olds, PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Deceased Individual (PAPI) 2017: Field-de Var-de Var-en
Please find all sample specific questionnaires of this year and all questionnaires of previous years on this site
21) SOEP-Core v34 – BIORESID: Variables on Occupancy and Second Residence
15) Die Vercodung der offenen Angaben zur beruflichen Tätigkeit nach der International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008 (ISCO08) - Direktvercodung - Vorgehensweise und Entscheidungsregeln bei nicht eindeutigen Angaben
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