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Welcome to the SOEPtutorial-Series!

With the help of our SOEPtutorials you learn to work with the SOEP data without having to attend a course on site.

Our tutorial series has a modular structure. You can use it to learn how to work with the SOEP dataset step by step, or you can call up individual clips to obtain specific information on a specific question in just a few minutes.

The topics of the single videos range from a basic introduction to SOEP to data structure and weighting to methods of panel data analysis.

Basic Introduction of the SOEP

This introductory video describes what the study is about, how it has evolved, what kinds of data it offers for scientific research, and under what conditions the data can be accessed. This video may also be of interest to parts of the non-scientific community as a very basic overview of the study.

Basic Intro

Topics of the SOEP Study

This tutorial presents the various topics covered in the SOEP and introduces some exemplary items for each of the topics.


Panel Composition and Sample Development

This tutorial explains who we survey each year. It illustrates the household-centered survey design and the methodologies used to follow respondents throughout the life course. It also briefly describes the sample’s evolution since 1984 and introduces the various subsamples that have been added over the years.



This tutorial introduces the different questionnaires currently used in the SOEP survey. It illustrates how we design the questionnaires to cover the entire life course, including important events, transitions, and moves into and out of the study.


Data Structure and Naming Conventions

This tutorial introduces the general structure of the Socio-Economic Panel Study and explains the naming conventions for datasets and variables in the study.


Identifiers and Pointers

This tutorial introduces the different identifiers used for individuals, households, and interviewers, and explains how you can use pointers to merge information on different units of analysis.


Contact Person

Sandra Bohmann
Sandra Bohmann

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in der Infrastruktureinrichtung Sozio-oekonomisches Panel