First SOEPcampus @ Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz




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Organizers, Lecturers & Contact

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The Chair of Applied Statistics and Econometrics is pleased to announce the following workshop:

1st SOEPcampus @ Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz:

Introduction to the German Socio-economic Panel Study

which will take place on May 3–4, 2018 (Rewi I Room: PC-Pool 00-275). The workshop is kindly supported by funding of the research unit “Interdisciplinary Public Policy – IPP”.

The German Socio-economic Panel Study (SOEP) is a representative panel study for the German population, collecting data from selected German households on a broad variety of topics of everyday life including general wellbeing, household composition, educational aspirations and educational status, income and occupational biographies, leisure time activities, housing, health, and political orientation. With its long running panel structure, the breadth of information and the representative nature of the data, the SOEP has become one of the most important resources in the social sciences for quantitative research in relation to Germany.

The one-and-a-half day workshop offers a well-grounded and practically oriented introduction into this sophisticated data source. Participants will be introduced to the content of the study, its data-structure, sample selection, and weighting strategy. An overview of the study documentation will also be provided. In a variety of “Hands-on Sessions” participants will learn to work with the SOEP data with the help of the data-management tool and the documentation material. The Hands-On Sessions mimic the entire process from identifying and finding variables containing specific information in the dataset to the creation of the final dataset for the analysis as well as first empirical investigations.

The workshop will be held by two SOEP staff members who will be happy to discuss any questions regarding the dataset and the documentation material.


3. May 2018 Room: PC-Pool 00-275
10:00-10:15 Welcome Session

Introduction to SOEP - Part I
• A short introduction to Paneldata
• What is the SOEP?
• Topics covered – Focus: Psychological measurement instruments
• Survey Instruments and Sample Development
• Data-Structure

12:00-13:00 Lunch-Break

Hands-On Session I
• Introduction to
• Working with
• Finding information on generated variables

14:00-14:15 Coffee-Break

Introduction to SOEP - Part II
PPFAD and HPFAD, two important Datasets
• Merging information from different levels
• Merging information of different household members

15:30-16:00 Coffee-Break

Hands-On Session II
• Working with PPFAD
• Merging information of different household members

18:00 Dinner (self-payment & in case of interest)
4. May 2018 Room: PC-Pool 00-275

Introduction to SOEP - Part III
• Selection and weighting strategy

10:30-11:00 Coffee-Break

Hands-On Session III
• Generating a longitudinal dataset
• Weighting

12:15-13:15 Lunch-Break

Hands-On Session IV
• Generating a longitudinal dataset
• Weighting


Data-Access and Q&A Session
• How to get the data?
• Time for questions
• Time for discussion of SOEP-based research projects

This workshop is open to all members from the “Interdisciplinary Public Policy – IPP” and to all researchers from the Department of Management and Economics. There are no fees. Registration is limited to 25 persons and the allocation takes place on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register via Email ( until February 26, 2018. Participants will be informed on short notice after this deadline.

The course will be taught in English. The software used in the workshop will be Stata. Since the JGU owns only a limited amount of network licenses which cannot be blocked, a personal single user license is advisable. A basic knowledge of Stata is required.

The following basic knowledge of working with Stata is required to be able to participate at the workshop:
• working with the do-file editor / creating do-files
• opening and saving of Stata datasets
• making use of macros such as globals and locals
• using logical operators and if conditions

applying the following commands:
• list
• keep / drop
• rename
• recode
• generate / egen / replace
• tabulate / tabstat / summarize
• merge
• reshape

The following knowledge is advisable, but not compulsory:
• working with loops
• command: mydevcode
• generating of log-files

An extensive overview in German provided by the DIW can be found here.

Credit Points:
This workshop cannot be credited for any program.

Organizers, Lecturers & Contact:
Chair of Applied Statistics and Econometrics

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank
Manuel Denzer

DIW Berlin (SOEP)
Alexandra Fedorets
Christoph Halbmeier

In case of any questions, please contact Mr. Manuel Denzer (