The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, located at the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin. Every year, there were nearly 11,000 households, and more than 20,000 persons sampled by the fieldwork organization TNS Infratest Sozialforschung.
The data provide information on all household members, consisting of Germans living in the Old and New German States, Foreigners, and recent Immigrants to Germany. The Panel was started in 1984.
Some of the many topics include household composition, occupational biographies, employment, earnings, health and satisfaction indicators.
Research Data Center of the SOEP is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index. SOEP is a member of the RatSWD - research data - infrastructure. The SOEP Household Panel is a Service Unit of the Leibniz Association (WGL) and is located at DIW Berlin. TNS Infratest Sozialforschung (Munich) carries out the fieldwork. Thereof the SOEP group of researchers not only make the data available to the research community in a more userfriendly way, but also conduct their own analyses of the data