Researchers on the SOEP team use the data to study processes of transformation and change in our society. One important area of research deals with the question of how equally or unequally societal resources such as income and wealth are distributed, and how access to education and the labor market create risks and opportunities. Another research area examines how living conditions affect health and well-being, and what role personality plays across the life course. A further key research area investigates the living situations of migrants. Survey methodology and data science experts on the SOEP team are working constantly to develop and further improve the study.