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German SOEP - Socio-Economic Panel (DIW)


Data description

GSOEPThe German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) is a longitudinal survey of approximately 11,000 private households in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 2018 and the eastern German länder from 1990 to 2018 (release February 2020). The database is produced by the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Berlin.
Variables include household composition, employment, occupation, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators.

Wave 35 of the German Socio-Economic Panel was released in February 2020. Information about the update is on this DIW support page. 


Time period
  • German SOEP Wave 35 was released in February 2020
  • Coverage is from 1984 to 2018.


Support links

DIW Berlin provides a Companion Guide to German SOEP at this link.

Information about methodology and variables is available in German and English.

Regular updates about the survey, international workshops, related literature and funding opportunities are published in the German SOEP newsletter.

Paneldata - the support site for information about variables provides "labels and central case numbers, including unweighted frequency distributions, as well as the associated variables in the longitudinal section (item correspondence list)."

Information about Wave 35 (2020) is on this DIW support page. 

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 Library's Micro Data Registration Form (selecting 'G-SOEP' from the dropdown menu)
  • The Library sends a DIW 'addendum' form as an email attachment to the data requestor
  • The form is signed, dated and returned to [email protected] for counter-signature
  • The Library sends the form to DIW, Berlin
  • Following registration, are given access to the restricted server and provided with a password.

Please read, and abide by, the terms and conditions of use for licensed data resources.

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.


Data homepage

Contact: Thomas Bourke at [email protected]





Page last updated on 18 January 2021