Introduction to the SOEP

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Program of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Elke Holst & Lea Kröger (SOEP at DIW)


01.10.2013, 09:00 – 12:30
02.10.2013, 09:00 – 12:30

Room: n.s.

Max. number of participants: 25

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a longitudinal study of private households in Germany. The panel provides information on all household members and was started in 1984. In 2011, there were more than 12,000 households with more than 21,000 persons sampled. Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health, well being, integration, values, lifestyles, and personality. The course gives an overview of the data structure and the research designs facilitated by longitudinal household studies that go beyond conventional surveys (household analysis, intergenerational analysis, life course research, etc.). In hands-on sessions using Stata, the course provides an applied introduction into the data retrieval, the construction of longitudinal data files, and illustrates some exemplary analyses.

SOEP@DIW Berlin website: (deutsch) or (english)

Reading the SOEP Desktop Campanion is a prerequisite for participation.

You have to register for the 7th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.