News and Press Releases of DIW Berlin News and Press Releases en DIW Berlin SOEP-IS for new research questions: call for proposals for the 2023 survey Researchers in Germany and abroad are invited to submit proposals for the next round of the SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS). For those not yet familiar with SOEP-IS, this unique random sample of German households (N = 2,800 households with about 4,000 respondents) offers great potential as a source of household micro-data, particularly for researchers seeking information that is not available in SOEP-Core—for example, specific information on households or on people’s opinions. For more details see below or our website.

Because the SOEP-IS field period now takes place in the spring of each year, as in the SOEP Core, the timelines for applications have changed somewhat.

Deadlines for the 2023 survey:
Brief description of project by May 31, 2022
If invited, complete proposal by June 30, 2022

Please note: We have a template for the complete proposal. Please visit our website at for all details.

Your contact for any questions: David Richter (

Please feel free to circulate this call for proposals in your scientific community.

More information on SOEP-IS:
SOEP-IS can accommodate not only short-term experiments but also longer-term survey modules that are not suitable for SOEP-Core, whether because the survey instruments are still relatively new or because of the specific issues dealt with in the research. Up to now, the SOEP-IS has included (complex) economic behavioral experiments, Implicit Association Tests (IAT), and complex procedures to measure time use (Day Reconstruction Method, DRM).
The SOEP-IS was launched in 2011, and each year since then, researchers at universities and research institutes worldwide have been invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the subsequent year’s survey. A competitive referee process is conducted to select the “best” research questions and operationalizations for implementation in the SOEP-IS. The SOEP Research Data Center distributes the SOEP-IS data to external users as an independent dataset.
Data from SOEP-IS modules are provided exclusively to the researchers who submitted the respective proposals for an initial 12-month period. After this embargo has ended, the data are released to the entire SOEP user community for secondary analysis.
An overview of all SOEP-IS modules to date can be found here.
As a new technical feature, the 2014 SOEP-IS premiered the use of 111 smart phones for data collection using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). If you have an idea for using ESM in the SOEP-IS, please contact us for details.

Wed, 25 May 2022 03:47:00 +0200
Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/nonbinary) in the SOEP The Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) research infrastructure at DIW Berlin invites applications for the following position, to start as soon as possible:

Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/nonbinary) (full-time, part-time possible).

We are looking for a post-doctoral research associate with a strong interest in labor and distributional economics with immediate effect. The candidate is expected to be involved in the research activities of the SOEP division “Applied Panel Analysis”, in particular to support ongoing and initiate new research. The candidate is responsible for SOEP’s labor market module and the linkage projects with administrative biographical data. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong background in micro-econometrics and applied microeconomic theory.

Mon, 09 May 2022 03:38:00 +0200
Student Research Assistant Position DIW Berlin’s Climate Policy Department is looking to fill from the beginning of June 2022 one

Student Research Assistant Position

(10-19 hours/week).

Mon, 09 May 2022 03:29:00 +0200
Jana Hamdan has successfully defended her dissertation ]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2022 09:37:00 +0200 Energy supply security in Germany can be guaranteed even without natural gas from Russia The Russian war on Ukraine and Germany’s dependence on Russian gas require a rethink of German energy supplies. While there is a heated debate about an immediate energy embargo, Russia could also stop its supplies at any time. To date, Germany has purchased around 55 percent of its natural gas from Russia. DIW Berlin has developed scenarios for how the German energy system could become independent of these imports as quickly as possible in the European context: On the supply side, deliveries from other natural gas exporting countries could compensate for some of the Russian exports. Security of supply would be significantly strengthened if the pipeline and storage infrastructure were used more efficiently. On the demand side, there is a short-term savings potential of 19 to 26 percent of current natural gas demand. In the medium term, a push towards renewable heat supply and higher energy efficiency is particularly necessary. If the energy-saving potential is exploited to the maximum and supplies from other natural gas supplier countries are expanded as far as technically possible at the same time, Germany’s supply of natural gas will be secure in 2022 and in the coming winter 2022/2023, even without Russian imports.

Wed, 13 Apr 2022 02:00:00 +0200
Joint Economic Forecast: From Pandemic to Energy Crisis: Economy and Politics under Permanent Stress ]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2022 10:00:00 +0200 SOEP-Core data 1984-2020 (v37) available ]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2022 05:21:00 +0200 German leading research institutions bring Europe's largest social science panel study to Berlin ]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:01:00 +0200 Report „Decarbonisation of energy“ for the European Parliament ]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2022 11:13:00 +0200 Update of the Stata practice dataset for use in the college classroom
The practice dataset can be downloaded from our website and used without signing a data distribution contract. The data are provided under a CC-BY-SA license.

The updated dataset uses original variables from SOEP-Core version 36 in longitudinal format. It contains a total of 15 variables covering the last four survey years, 2015-2019. In addition, the range of variables contained in the practice dataset has also been slightly restructured and expanded to enable better simulation of income and labor market analyses.
We now also provide the do-file used to create the dataset, which can be downloaded along with the data.

The practice dataset is available in German and English.
More information at SOEP in the College Classroom.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 11:13:00 +0200
SOEP User Conference 2022 - Call for Papers (deadline extended)

The call for papers on our SOEP2022 - 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference is online.

Conference date: June 30-July 1, 2022, in Berlin!

Please submit electronic versions of abstracts (up to 300 words) no later than FEB 9, 2022 to:

Researchers of all disciplines are invited to submit an abstract.
The theme of the conference and keynote speeches will be "The Opportunities and Challenges of Technological Change and Digitalization".

More information on our conference website.

Thu, 03 Feb 2022 02:40:00 +0200
News from the SOEP - Concise in the current SOEPnewsletter The SOEPnewsletter January 2022 in it's html version.

Enjoy reading

Tue, 01 Feb 2022 03:58:00 +0200
COP26 statement on coal exit ]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:42:00 +0200 Five new members appointed to the SOEP Survey Committee ]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:38:00 +0200 Adrian Santonja receives the doctoral scholarship from the German Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU). Congratulations! ]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:20:00 +0200 Germany's Shift from Coal Offers Lessons for Just Transition Policy ]]> Tue, 23 Nov 2021 09:27:00 +0200 Start of the 2021 SOEP User Survey Once again, we warmly invite you to participate in our survey of SOEP users.

This year, we are very curious about your assessments and experiences with our SOEP data, especially your work with specific data sets or samples, as well as the data format of your analysis.

With your participation, you contribute significantly to the continuous improvement of our data offering.

You can also participate in the survey if you have not received an individual link from us. To do so, click on the following registration link:

You will then receive an e-mail with an invitation to the survey.

The user survey will be active up to December 23, 2021.

Participation in the survey is of course voluntary and the results will only be stored anonymously. This means that no names or addresses will be recorded. The data will only be analysed at DIW Berlin and only by DIW Berlin staff. The results of the survey will be presented in early 2022 on the above-mentioned website and in the SOEPnewsletter.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We thank you very much for your help and wish you continued success in your analysis of the SOEP data.

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 11:16:00 +0200
Jonas Jessen has successfully defended his dissertation ]]> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 09:14:00 +0200 Nuria Boot has successfully defefended her dissertation ]]> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0200 Joint Economic Forecast: Crisis is gradually being overcome – align actions to lower growth ]]> Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:00:00 +0200