The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) - Evolution, Scope and Enhancements

38 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2007 Last revised: 13 Jul 2010

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Gert G. Wagner

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Berlin University of Technology; German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)

Joachim R. Frick

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) (Deceased) ; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) (Deceased)

Jürgen Schupp

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Institute for Sociology, Freie Universität; The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: July 1, 2007

Abstract

After the introduction in Section 2, we very briefly sketch out current theoretical and empirical developments in the social sciences. In our view, they all point in the same direction: toward the acute and increasing need for multidisciplinary longitudinal data covering a wide range of living conditions and based on a multitude of variables from the social sciences for both theoretical investigation and the evaluation of policy measures. Cohort and panel studies are therefore called upon to become truly interdisciplinary tools. In Section 3, we describe the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), in which we discuss recent improvements of that study which approach this ideal and point out existing shortcomings. Section 4 concludes with a discussion of potential future issues and developments for SOEP and other household panel studies.

Keywords: SOEP, household panel studies, survey design

JEL Classification: C81, C91, D10, D31, D63, D80, I0, J0, N34, P36, R2

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Gert G. and Frick, Joachim R. and Schupp, Juergen, The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) - Evolution, Scope and Enhancements (July 1, 2007). SOEPpaper No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1028709

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Joachim R. Frick

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