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German SOEP - Socio-Economic Panel (DIW)


Data description

The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) is a longitudinal survey of approximately 11,000 private households in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 2014 (release April 2016), and eastern German länder from 1990 to 2014. The database is produced by DIW Berlin. Variables include household composition, employment, occupations, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators.

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Time period
  • German SOEP Wave 31 was released in April 2016 and is available on the EUI Library restricted server (registration required).
  • German SOEP coverage is from 1984 to 2014.
  • German SOEPlong is due in May 2016.


Support links

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

Updates about the survey, international workshops, related literature and funding opportunities are published in the German SOEP newsletter. The May 2016 issue is now available.

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


How to access data

Current EUI members can access German 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 German 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.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at econlibrary@eui.eu


Page last updated on 12 May 2016