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“Living in Germany” – Our new SOEP brochure now available online!

Our new brochure “Living in Germany” offers a compact source of information about the kinds of research currently being done with SOEP data of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and key findings from these studies. In the brochure, we present a selection of research results with significant implications for society and policy making from the more than 7,000 papers published to date using ...

10.07.2017
Economic Bulletin

Real estate price polarization projected to increase until 2030 in Germany

Demographic projections for Germany indicate a drop in the population of many regions by 2030. This is likely to have an impact on the real estate market. Our report presents the result of a model calculation of asking prices for residential real estate in Germany up to 2030 based on market data from empirica-systeme GmbH and a population projection from the Bertelsmann Foundation. Depending on the ...

26.06.2017| Markus M. Grabka
Interview

"Depopulation to affect regional real estate prices": Seven questions for Markus M. Grabka

Mr. Grabka, you have studied the effects of the demographic shift on residential real estate prices in Germany. What does population growth in the coming decades look like? We based our work on the population forecast coordinated by the German Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), which currently extends to 2060. According to that projection, the population of Germany will shrink by ...

26.06.2017| Markus M. Grabka
Economic Bulletin

In 2016, around one-third of people in Germany donated for refugees and ten percent helped out on site—yet concerns are mounting

The presence of refugees in Germany and the challenges their integration poses have preoccupied the public for the past two years. According to the latest data of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), many more people in Germany were concerned about migration and xenophobia last year than in 2013. The additional representative results of the Barometer of Public Opinion on Refugees in Germany in 2016 and ...

28.04.2017| Philipp Eisnecker, Jannes Jacobsen, Jürgen Schupp
Interview

"The higher educated, the more optimistic about the consequences of refugee immigration": eight questions for Philipp Eisnecker

Mr. Eisnecker, have the population’s concerns about refugee migration grown or declined? We can conclusively say that in 2015 and 2016, the population was markedly more concerned about migration – and xenophobia as well. This statement is based on data from the Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP), a longitudinal survey, which has collected data on the population’s concerns on a range of ...

28.04.2017| Philipp Eisnecker
Personnel news

Daniel Schnitzlein has been appointed to the advisory board of the Thailand Vietnam Socio-Economic Panel

Daniel Schnitzlein has been appointed to the advisory board of the Thailand Vietnam Socio-Economic Panel (www.tvsep.de). The TVSEP is a panel survey of households in Thailand and Vietnam (partly based on SOEP) and is managed from Hanover and Göttingen. The project will receive long-term financing for ten years (2015-2024) from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Daniel has also become a member ...

24.04.2017
Personnel news

Andreas Franken joined the SOEP team

Andreas Franken will be supporting the SOEP team as of April 1 with data preparation, in particular, the preparation and documentation of SOEPlong. Andreas most recently worked as a research assistant at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) in Hanover, and prior to this at the University of Bamberg Chair of Sociology, where he also earned his degree in sociolo ...

24.04.2017
Press Release

World Happiness Day: SOEP data show that life satisfaction of Eastern Germans is catching up

People across Germany are happier today than at any other point since German reunification According to a new analysis of data from the nationally representative, long-term Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study, people in both West and East Germany have been happier on average since 2015 than at any other point since German reunification (Figure 1). The substantial increase in life satisfaction from 1990 ...

22.03.2017
Economic Bulletin

Policy goals in the eyes of the public: preservation of the liberal democratic order remains most important

More than just a few politicians and scientists see an imbalance in policy’s primary orientation toward economic goals, especially the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In view of scientific and public discourses on prosperity, this report analyzes how voting-eligible Germans, the electorate, rated the significance of different policy areas in 2013 and again at the beginning of 2017. It is based ...

02.03.2017
Interview

Improving the quality of care for the elderly is of high relevance for all age groups: six questions for Marco Giesselmann

Mr. Giesselmann, you studied how eligible voters in Germany judge the importance of various policy goals in 2013 and again at the beginning of this year. Which policy goals appeared in your survey? We asked questions about direct economic aspects, including per capita income as well as indicators of income and wealth. Secondly, we asked about social aspects such as the employment rate, education rate, ...

02.03.2017
Report

Jannes Jacobsen, Jana Jaworski, and Lisa Pagel recently joined the SOEP

Jannes Jacobsen, Jana Jaworski, and Lisa Pagel recently joined the SOEP as part of the project Refugee Families in Germany (GeFam). Jannes completed his master’s degree in Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin in early 2016. His master’s thesis deals with antisemitism and racism, examining these issues in different religions from a comparative perspective. His research interests ...

08.02.2017
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Christoph Halbmeier supports the SOEP team

Christoph Halbmeier started to work in February as a SOEP research assistant on the DFG project “Wealth Distribution in Switzerland and Germany: Evidence from Survey Data”. He finished his degree in economics in October of last year at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His master’s thesis analyzed the effects of trade on the labor productivity in German industries. He worked ...

08.02.2017
Report

Sarah Dahmann successfully defended her dissertation

Sarah Dahmann successfully defended her dissertation on “Human Capital Returns to Education – Three Essays on the Causal Effects of Schooling on Skills and Health” at Freie Universität Berlin. On the same day, she received her graduation certificate from the DIW Graduate Center at a ceremony with 15 other PhD graduates, including three former SOEP members, Elisabeth Church (née ...

08.02.2017
Report

Hannes Kröger joined the SOEP group

Hannes Kröger joined the SOEP group in December 2016. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His dissertation investigated health selection effects on the German labor market. After his dissertation, Hannes worked at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, investigating health inequalities in a life course perspective. At the SOEP, he works in the BRISE ...

08.02.2017
Economic Bulletin

Real Income Rose Significantly between 1991 and 2014 on Average – First Indication of Return to Increased Income Inequality

The real disposable income of private households in Germany, accounting for inflation, rose by 12 percent between 1991 and 2014. This is what the present study based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) has shown. However, the trends varied greatly depending on income group. While the middle income segment rose by more than eight percent, the highest income segment increased by up to 26 percent. ...

03.02.2017| Jan Goebel, Markus M. Grabka
Interview

"The Gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing": seven questions for Markus M. Grabka

Mr. Grabka, the German economy has flourished in recent years. To what extent is its economic growth reflected in the growth of income? On average across the total population disposable household income after inflation has risen, but depending on their income level, various segments of the population have contributed to this increase differently. [...]

03.02.2017| Markus M. Grabka
Personnel news

Michaela Schmälzle joined the SOEP group

Michaela Schmälzle joined the SOEP group this January to support in survey management of the SOEP-related study PIAAC-L. Michaela studied Sociology at the Universities of Konstanz and Mannheim. In her master’s thesis, she examined the relationship between different pathways to retirement and retirement adjustment in Germany. Her research interests include the development of social inequalities ...

15.01.2017
Economic Bulletin

Forced migration, arrival in Germany, and first steps toward integration

A new representative survey of a total of 4,500 recently arrived refugees to Germany conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Research Centre of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF-FZ), and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) has generated an entirely new database for analyzing forced migration and the ...

07.12.2016| Jürgen Schupp
Economic Bulletin

IT and communication technologies dominate adolescent downtime

Today’s teenagers spend their free time very differently than they did 15 years ago: engagement with IT and communications technologies is now their most significant leisure activity. Representative statistics based on data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) longitudinal study indicate that Internet and computer-based recreation plays a major role for more than 95 percent of all 17-yearolds ...

07.12.2016| Sandra Bohmann, Jürgen Schupp
Personnel news

Philipp Kaminsky began training as a Specialist in Market and Social Research (FAMS) at the SOEP

Philipp Kaminsky began training as a Specialist in Market and Social Research (FAMS) at the SOEP in early October. The SOEP is in its sixth year of offering training for FAMS, and five SOEP trainees have already graduated from the program.

17.10.2016
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