The German Socio-Economic Panel as a Reference Data Set

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Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

Jürgen Schupp

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

C. Katharina Spiess

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Gert G. Wagner

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

Date Written: December 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper discusses how household panels in general - and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in particular - can serve as reference data for researchers collecting datasets that do not represent the full universe of the population of interest (e.g., through clinical trials, intervention studies, laboratory and behavioural experiments, and cohort studies). We first discuss potential benefits of using questions similar to those in the SOEP for studies where researchers are interested in using the SOEP as reference data. We present a comprehensive list of SOEP core questions that we recommend researchers to consider when collecting their own data. We focus on seven topics: (1) demographic and parental characteristics; (2) labour market; (3) health; (4) personality, preferences, and subjective orientations; (5) subjective wellbeing; (6) political involvement and participation, and finally, a set of core questions for young children before they enter school. Of course the selection of a minimum set of questions depends on the research question. In this paper, we offer general advice for the selection of variables to researchers interested in comparing their own data with the SOEP.

Keywords: clinical trials, intervention studies, behavioural experiments, cohort studies, household panels, SOEP, reference data

JEL Classification: C81, C9, I11, I3

Suggested Citation

Siedler, Thomas and Schupp, Juergen and Spiess, C. Katharina and Wagner, Gert G., The German Socio-Economic Panel as a Reference Data Set (December 1, 2008). SOEPpaper No. 150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1318197

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

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University of Essex ( email )

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Juergen Schupp

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C. Katharina Spiess

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

Gert G. Wagner (Contact Author)

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