SOEP-IS is a panel for short-term experiments and long-term surveys that are not possible in the SOEP-Core—for instance, because they require instruments that are not yet well established or that deal with very specific research topics. Since 2011 the annual interviews have contained not only questions from the SOEP-Core but also innovative modules, which are selected in a peer-reviewed competition as of the 2013 survey year to identify the "best" research questions. The survey is conducted by Kantar Public Germany using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) and is representative for Germany as a whole. Some of the many topics include earnings, employment, education, and health.
Title: SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS), data from 1998-2020
DOI : 10.5684/soep.is.2020
Collection period: 1998-2020
Publication date: 2022-xx-xx
Principal investigators: Jan Goebel, Stefan Liebig, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, Jürgen Schupp, Knut Wenzig
Data collector: Kantar Public Deutschland GmbH
Population: Persons living in private households in Germany.
Selection method: All samples of SOEP are multi-stage random samples which are regionally clustered. The respondents (households) are selected by random-walk.
Collection mode: The SOEP-IS is conducted using CAPI (Computer-assisted personal interviewing) exclusively. In principle, an interviewer tries to obtain face-to-face interviews with all members of a given survey household aged 16 and over. Additionally, one person (head of household) is asked to complete a household questionnaire covering information on housing, housing costs, and different sources of income. This also includes some questions about children up to 16 years of age in the household (e.g., kindergarten attendance, elementary school attendance, etc.).
Citation of the Data Set: SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS), data from 1998-2020. 2022. DOI: 10.5684/soep.is.2020