30 Years of German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP): Anniversary Colloqium on Happiness Research

Time: September 20, 2013, 11 am to 9 pm
Place: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is currently collecting its 30th wave of data. We would like to celebrate this milestone with a colloquium on “Happiness Research”, which has become one of the central fields of research with the SOEP data over the last ten years.

An increasing number of SOEP users are focusing on themes of satisfaction and happiness in their analyses, and we therefore are delighted to announce that the following internationally renown researchers have agreed to present their findings in keynote speeches at the colloquium:


Conchita D’Ambrosio (University of Luxembourg/Luxembourg), Paul Frijters (University of Queensland/Australia), Bruce Headey (University of Melbourne/Australia), Rich Lucas (tbc) (Michigan State University/USA), Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick/UK), and Nilam Ram (Pennstate University/USA), and Rainer Winkelmann (University of Zurich/Switzerland).

David Richter, Jürgen Schupp, and Gert Wagner will present non-analyzed and rarely-analyzed SOEP Data on happiness and satisfaction. Furthermore, doctoral and post doctoral students as well as several senior researchers will present their work in a poster session.

In a special session, awards for the best papers based on SOEP data published during the past 12 months will then be presented by the Chairman of the Board of the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin (VdF), which is also the main sponsor of the colloquium.

Date and venue

The Colloquium will take place on September 20, 2013 in Berlin, Hertie School of Governance (in the same Building as DIW).

Further information and details on registration will follow soon on our web page.