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The economic research potentials of the German Socio-Economic Panel study

  • Carsten Schröder ORCID logo EMAIL logo , Johannes König , Alexandra Fedorets ORCID logo , Jan Goebel , Markus M. Grabka , Holger Lüthen , Maria Metzing , Felicitas Schikora and Stefan Liebig
From the journal German Economic Review


We provide a concise introduction to a household-panel data infrastructure that provides the international research community with longitudinal data of private households in Germany since 1984: the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). We demonstrate the comparative strength of the SOEP data in answering economically-relevant questions by highlighting its diverse and impactful applications throughout the field.

JEL Classification: C2; C3; C5; C8; D04; D1; D3; D6; D7; D9; I00; J1; J2; J3; J6

Funding statement: SOEP is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the state governments under the umbrella of the Leibniz Association.


We thank Florian Griese, Uta Rahmann, and Paul Brockmann for their support and Adam Lederer for editing.


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