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G-SOEP - German Socio-Economic Panel (DIW Berlin)


Data description

The German Socio-Economic Panel (G-SOEP) is a longitudinal survey of approximately 11,000 private households in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 2013, and eastern German länder from 1990 to 2013. G-SOEP is produced by DIW Berlin. Variables include household composition, employment, occupations, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators.


Time period

Note that the December 2014 update is preliminary. DIW will release further variables of Wave 30 early in 2015.
Data updated: December 2014 
Waves 1 to 30; 1984-2013


Support links

DIW Berlin provides detailed information about G-SOEP methodology and variables in German and English.

Latest news about the survey and related international workshops, is published in the G-SOEP newsletter. Register for future email delivery.

Research papers based on GSOEP data are listed on this DIW page.


How to access data

Current EUI members can access G-SOEP data as follows:

  • Complete the online Data Registration Form (selecting 'G-SOEP' in the dropdown menu)
  • Sign the EUI 'Conditions of Use' agreement and the 'Confidentiality Declaration' at the Badia Library Economics Office (085) or the Economics Department information desk (VSP)
  • EUI members who wish to use the data should send a project title and the name of their supervisor (where applicable) to soepmail@diw.de
  • Following registration, users will be given access to the restricted server and provided with a password

Selected indicators are also available for download via SOEPmonitor.

PanelWhiz is a collection of G-SOEP-compatible Stata/SE® add-on scripts, developed by John Haisken-DeNew (Essen).

Restricted geo-coded regional-level data can be consulted on the DIW premises in Berlin.

Stata 13 manuals are available at this link.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu

Page last updated on 16 December 2014