The German Socio‐Economic Panel SOEP at the Berlin Institute for Economic Research is is one of Germany’s most important research data infrastructures in the social, behavioural, and economic sciences. It is designed from a multidisciplinary perspective to provide data for the analysis of the socio-economic situation of households and the ways whereby the distribution of societal resources across households affects the life-chances of individual household members, leading to a better understanding of the mechanisms of social change and dynamics of social inequality. The SOEP study covers thousands of households in Germany and has been collecting, yearly since 1984, important information on socio-economic conditions, behaviour, and subjective well‐being of individuals from an intergenerational life course perspective. Boost samples are added regularly to keep pace with societal change.

More information on SOEP can be found on the project website: