Contents of SOEP-Core

The contents of our questionnaires can be assigned to different question modules, which in turn can be classified into 11 general SOEP topics. There are modules that are subject to permanent social changes and therefore repeat themselves annually, and there are modules that are only asked every few years. The “Replication” column of our topic tables allows a quick assessment of the type of question. In addition, the SOEP provides modules that can appear in adapted form in several questionnaires e.g. the “Big Five Personality Traits” module. From the mother-child instruments to the personal questionnaire, the personality traits are queried and modified according to the target group.

Overview of Modules across multiple Questionnaires

  Individual Youth Mother-Child A Mother-Child B Mother-Child C Parents D Mother-Child E
Affective Well-Being x x          
Big Five Personality Traits x x   x x   x
Birth History   x x x x x x
Childcare     x x x x x
Educational Aspirations   x       x x
Health of child     x x x   x
Height and weight of child     x x x    
Height and Weight x x          
Language Ability German/Mother Tongue x x          
Leisure and activities (with child)       x x    
Life satisfaction x x          
Linguistic Usage       x     x
Locus of Control x x          
Origin x x          
Parents interest in school performance   x         x
Pocket money   x         x
Political orientation x x          
Risk Aversion in General x x          
State of health x x          
Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire         x   x
Temperament     x x      

Demography and Population

In this topic you find various information about the birth dates, no matter if interviewer, children, siblings or parents. Furthermore, there is data on places and history of births in households. The household sizes and relationships between the different persons in a household are also listed, as are the sexes of all persons involved.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Mother-Child Instruments        
  Birth History annually 2 birthm & birthy
Individual Questionnaire        
  Origin annually 6 plj0014 , plj0022 - plj0025, plj0175
Youth Questionnaire        
  Birth history annually 5 jl0233 - jl0235 , jl0238 , jl0239
  Origin annually 14 jl0240- jl0245 , jl0419, jl0445

Work and Employment

Information about the topic profession can be found in this section. From the very first job and further training, to job changes and parenthood, to part-time jobs and unemployment. However, not only objective information such as hours of work, but also perceptions of the working environment and feelings about work are shown.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Individual Questionnaire        
  Calendar annually 12 pab0001- pab0008, pab010- pab0013
  Care period (Pflegezeit) annually 1 plb0020
  Change of job annually 9 plb0031 - plb0034 , plb0478- plb0480 , plb0284 , plb0295
  Commuter Module 1991-2013, 2015, 2017 6 plb0589- plb0592, plb0158, plb0159
  Contract to Provide Specific Services (Werkvertrag) 2013,2015 1 plb0482
  Current employment annually 13 plb0035 - plb0037 , plb0040 , plb0041 , plb0049 , plb0058 , plb0063- plb0065 , plb0568 , plb0570 , plb0586
  Earnings Work October 2014 2015 2 plb0584 , plb0585
  Employee organization (Betriebsrat) 2001,2006, 2011, 2016 1 plb0050
  Employment October 2014 2015 1 plb0574
  Employment status annually 1 plb0022
  Evening - Weekend work 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 4 plb0216- plb0219
  Exercised profession, training 1984-2014, 2016 4 plb0076- plb0079
  Illegal Employment 2015,2016 2 plb0571 , plb0572
  Influence throug new work equipment 2015, 2016, 2017 6 plb0595- plb0600
  Intensity of work 2015, 2016, 2017 2 plb0593, plb0594
  Job search annually 2 plb0362 , plb0358
  Job search, motives 1994 - 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 1 plb0111
  Job search, preferences 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 1 plb0426
  Labour income, hourly wage 2017    
  Leading position 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 3 plb0067- plb0069
  Maternity/ Parental leave annually 1 plb0019 , plb0020
  Occupational expectations, non-workers 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 3 plb0427- plb0429
  Occupational qualification, use 1985-2007, 2009 1 plb0357
  Overtime annually 10 plb0193 - plb0198 , plb0483 , plb0484 , plb0220 , plb0605
  Overtime October 2014 2015 2 plb0582 , plb0583
  Overtime, compensation 1984-2014 1 plb0195
  Performance evaluation in the company 2004, 2008, 2011, 2016 5 plb0098- plb0102
  Postcode of the place of work 2016    
  Practised profession annually 4 plb0072 , plb0073 , p_nace , p_isco08
  Professional expectations, long 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013 11 plb0432- plb0442
  Professional expectations, short 2015 5 plb0433, plb0437, plb0440, plb0588
  Quitting a profession annually 4 plb0282 , plb0298- plb0305 , plc0040, plc0041
  Registered unemployed annually 1 plb0021
  Secondary occupations annually 9 plb0392 - plb0396 , plb0573 , plc0062 , p_isco88n , p_isco08n
  Self-employment, reasons 2010,2015 6 plb0333- plb0338
  Short-time allowance (Kurzarbeitergeld) 1984-2001, 2003-2005, 2010, 2011, 2 plc0057 , plc0058
  Standby duty 2011, 2014-2017 4 plb0212- plb0215
  Start of the job annually 9 plb0417 - plb0424 , plb0240
  Start of working hours 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017 3 plb0180- plb0182
  Vacation claim 2000, 2005, 2010 8 plb0269- plb0276
  Work breaks 2015, 2016, 2017 3 plb0601- plb0603
  Work breaks October 2014 2015 4 plb0575 - plb0578
  Work from home 1997, 1999, 2002, 2009, 2014 3 plb0095- plb0097
  Work time recording      
  Work time regulation 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014-2017 1 plb0211
  Work, last 7 days annually 1 plb0018
  Working hours annually 10 plb0185 - plb0188 , plb0241 , plb0209 , plb0210
  Working time October 2014 2015 3 plb0579 - plb0581
  Workload (Effort-Reward-Inbalance) 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 26 plb0112- plb0137
Youth Questionnaire        
  Jobs and money annually 11 jl0013 , jl0014, jl0017 - jl0019 , jl0023 - jl0025 , jl0385 - jl0387

Income, Taxes and Social Security

Income and finances are an essential part of our everyday life. How much money is earned and how much is spent. Child benefit, pensions, inheritance or salary, but also taxes and debts belong to this topic. No less interesting is the information on other assets such as real estate or property, plant and equipment.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Household Questionnaire Alimony 2010 4 hlc0091-hlc0092, hld0004-hld0005
  Credit burden annually 1 hlc0115
  Expenditures on Food 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016 2 hlf0435-hlf0436
  Good/Low Income 1992, 1997, 2007 4 hcc0005-hcc0010
  Income and expenses from rental/lease annually 7 hlc0007 - hlc0009 & hlc0111 & hlc0112 & hlc0176 & hlc0177
  Income/expanses household annually 43 hlc0005 & hlc0006 & hlc0039 & hlc0041 - hlc0047 & hlc0049 - hlc0055 - hlc0057 & hlc0059 & hlc0061 - hlc0065 & hlc0067 & hlc0068 & hlc0070 & hlc0071 & hlc0077 - hlc0085 & hlc0090 & hlc0121 - hlc0125
  Inheritance, present, lottery prize annually 2 hlc0178 - hlc0183
  Investments annually 14 hlc0104 - hlc0108 & hlc0093 - hlc0098 & hlc0013 & hlc0014 - hlc0184
  Repayments for loans annually 2 hlc0113 & hlc0114
  Saving annually 3 hlc0172 - hlc0174
  Saving 2010,2016 7 hlc0024-hlc0030
         
Individual Questionnaire        
  Additional questions for employees annually 13 plc0042 - plc0054
  Additional questions for retirees/pensioners annually 20 plc0223 , plc0236 , plc0238 , plc0240 , plc0242 , plc0243 , plc0245 , plc0247 , plc0249 , plc0251 , plc0278 , plc0279 , plc0281 , plc0283 , plc0285 , plc0286 , plc0288 , plc0290 , plc0516 , plc0517
  Balance sheet of assets 1988, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017 67 plc0315 - plc0319 , plc0328 - plc0374 , plc0411 - plc0425
  Benefits from employer, additional benefits 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014-2017 14 plc0026 - plc0039
  Benefits from employer, company car 2016,2017 1 plc0532
  Employment earnings and collective wage agreements annually 6 plc0013 , plc0014 , plc0506 - plc0509
  Entitlements, company 2013 5 plc0441 - plc0445
  Entitlements, statutory 2013 4 plc0432- plc0435
  Income annually 62 plc0015 - plc0017 , plc0064 , plc0065 , plc0073 - plc0075 , plc0116 , plc0117 , plc0126 , plc0130 - plc0132 , plc0135 - plc0139 , plc0152 - plc0155 , plc0168 - plc0171 , plc0177 , plc0178 , plc0181 - plc0184 , plc0188 - plc0190 , plc0198 , plc0202 - plc0205 , plc0232 - plc0235 , plc0273 - plc0276 , plc0488 - plc0490 , plc0494 - plc0496 , plc0513 , plc0514, plc0515 , plb0471 , plb0474, plb0477
  Inheritance 2001,2017 33 plc0375 - plc0407
  Riester 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 3 plc0430 , plc0431 , plc0313
  Riester payments 2013 3 plc0437 - plc0439
  Social security 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2012, 2017 7 plc0008, plc0009, plc0111- plc0115
  Transfer payments annually 21 plj0131 - plj0151
  Transfer payments, income 2009, 2010, 2011 21 plj0152- plj0172
  Wage Tax Classification 1991, 1993, 2004, 2016 1 plc0091

Family and Social Networks

As a household study, the SOEP determines rich information about family and social contacts and how these relationships change at different stages of life. The whole cycle of life with its wonderful and sad facets and a wide range of information is shown in this section: Pregnancy - birth - parenthood - kinship - circle of friends - marriage - divorce - death. And of course many more data can be found here.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Individual Questionnaire        
  Family changes annually 42 pld0012 - pld0014 , pld0038 - pld0040 , pld0134 - pld0156 , pld0158 - pld0171
  Family Network 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 43 pld0020 - pld0036 & pld0107 - pld0118 & plj0117 - plj0130
  Family situation annually 4 pld0131 - pld0133, plk0001
  Friends 2003, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 1 pld0047
  Gender Attitudes 2018 8 ?
  LGBT Status 2016 1 pld0298
  Networks, sociodemography 2006, 2011, 2016 18 pld0089 - pld0106
  Networks, trusted person 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 29 pld0089 - pld0088 & plf0049 - plf0050
Youth Questionnaire        
  Childhood and parental home annually 105 jl0273 , jl0279 - jl0304, jl0307 - jl0316, jl0327, jl0328, jl0446- jl0495 jl0506, j_kldb2010_jobfather, j_kldb92_jobfather, j_isco08_jobfather, j_isco88_jobfather, j_kldb2010_jobmother, j_kldb92_jobmother, j_isco08_jobmother, j_isco88_jobmother
  Parents interest in school performance annually 8 jl0167 - jl0174
  Pocket money annually 3 jl0020 - jl0022
  Relationships between family members annually 28 jl0026 - jl0041 , jl0043 - jl0055 , jl1043
Mother-Child-Questionnaire A (Age 0-1)        
  Attitude towards mother role annually 9 health & change1 - change8
  Childcare annually 10 suppartn & maincare & care1h & care3h - care6h & care8h & care12h & care19
  Nursing annually 3 breastf & breastfm & breastfc
  Pregnancy annually 4 delivpl & birthpw & nchild & pregplan
  Relationship to other parent or child annually 1 biochild
Mother-Child Questionnaire B (Age 2-3)        
  Childcare annually 10 care1h - care8h & care12h & care19
  Leisure and activities (with child) annually 11 activ1 - activ9 & tvyn & tvhrs
  Linguistic Usage annually 1 language
  Nursing annually 3 breastf & breastfm & breastfc
Mother-Child Questionnaire C (Age 5-6)        
  Childcare annually 10 care1h - care7h & care10h & care12h & care19
  Leisure and activities (with child) annually 13 activ1 - activ4 & activ6 - activ8 & activ10 - activ13 & tvyn & tvhrs
Parents Questionnaire D (Age 7-8)        
  Childcare annually 13 maincare & care1h - care7h & care9h - care12h & care19
  Parenting Goals annually 18 edgoal1 - edgoal18
  Parenting Role annually 9 bepar1 - bepar6 & bepar8 - bepar10
  Parenting Style annually 18 edbeh1 - edbeh18
  Relationship to other parent or child annually   ?
Mother-Child Questionnaire E (Age 9-10)        
  Childcare annually 12 maincare & care1h - care5h & care7h & care9h - care12h & care19
  Eating Behaviour annually 10 Frage 3? , eatweek1 - eatweek3 & eatsat1 - eatsat3 & eatson1 - eatson3
  Frequency of leisure and activities annually 20 freqact1 - freqact20
  Friends annually 2 frndchld & frndadlt
  Linguistic Usage annually   language
  Parents interest in school performance annually 7 conscho1 - conscho7
  Pocket money annually 3 allow & allowpw & allowpm

Health and Care

On the subject of health, numerous personal data such as the number of doctoral visits and habits like sport or alcohol consumption are recorded. There are also information on health insurance, health status and grip strength. However, health information from other people such as children or deceased persons are also displayed.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Household Questionnaire        
  Satisfaction With Availability Of Care 2002 1 hlf0318
Individual Questionnaire        
  Additional Private Insurance 2011-2014, 2016, 2018 8 ple0127ple0134
  Alcoholic Beverages 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016 2 ple0090ple0093 & ple0177, ple0178
  Assisted or Curative Care 1999-2011 1 ple0121
  Chronicall Illness 1984-1989, 1991, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 1 ple0036
  Disabilities in everyday life (SF-12) 1997-2002, 2004-2018 (every two years) 2 ple0004ple0005
  Disability or severe disability annually 2 ple0040- ple0041
  Health insurance annually 4 ple0097 , ple0099 , ple0104 , ple0160
  Health Insurance Debts 2017 1  
  Health Restrictions 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 2 ple0009 & ple0162
  Height and Weight 2002 - 2018 (every two years) 2 ple0006ple0007
  Hospital stays annually 3 ple0053 , ple0055 , ple0056
  Ilness 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 14 ple0011ple0024
  Individual Health Service 2016,2018 1 ple0186
  Insurance status 2018    
  Nutritional Awareness 2004-2016 (every two years) 4 ple0179 – ple0182
  Private supplementary care insurance 2016,2018 3 ple0183 – ple0185
  Sickness notifications to employer annually 10 ple0044 , ple0046 , ple0048 - ple0052 , ple0174 , ple0175 , plb0024
  Smoking 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002-2018 (every two years) 6 ple0081 & ple0084 - ple0088 & ple0176
  State of health annually 1 ple0008
  Stress and Exhaustion (SF-12) 2002 - 2018 (every two years) 10 ple0026ple0036
  Zype of Disability 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 2 ple0040ple0041
  Visits to the doctor annually 2 ple0072 , ple0073
Youth Questionnaire        
  Height and weight annually 2 jl0219 , jl0220
  State of health* annually 1 jl0218
Mother-Child-Questionnaire A (Age 0-1)        
  Health of child annually 12 medaid3mb & lstmedex & disord & disord1 - disord9
  Height and weight of child annually 3 weightb & height & weight
  Physical and Mental Health of Mother annually 4 feeling1 - feeling4
Mother-Child Questionnaire B (Age 2-3)        
  Health of child annually 14 hospital12m & ill2 & ill4 - ill9 & ill11 - ill14 & ill31 & illno
  Height and weight of child annually 3 weightb & height & weight
Mother-Child Questionnaire C (Age 5-6)        
  Health of child annually 11 medaid3m & hospital12m & ill0 & ill2 & ill4 & ill5 & ill7 - ill10 & illno
  Height and weight of child annually 3 weightb & height & weight
Mother-Child Questionnaire E (Age 9-10)        
  Health of child annually 11 chhealth & medaid3m & hospital12m & ill4 & ill5 & ill7 - ill10 & ill32 & illno

Home, Amenities and Contributions of Private HH

In this section you will find information about the household and everything that has to do with everyday life. What kind of home do you live in? Are you an owner or a tenant? Which expenses do you have on things like personal hygiene, the car or holidays? Who’s taking care of the kids? All this and much more information about living, its costs or the living environment can be seen here.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Household Questionnaire        
  Amount of Books in household 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016 1 hlf0197
  Apartment equipment annually 13 hlf0023 - hlf0037 & hlf0529 - hlf0531
  Apartment owner annually 1 hlf0013
  Apartment status annually 4 hlf0001 & hlf0006 & hlf0007 & hlf0009 & hlf0015
  Caring Situation for child annually 6 ks_asc_r & kc_relaz & kc_frdn & kc_paid & kc_mindr & kc_none
  Change of living situation annually 3 hlf0523 & hlf0106 & hlf0107
  Cleaning or household assistance annually 2 hlf0261 & hlf0262
  Consumption Module 2010 119 hlf0163-hlf0172, hlf0209-hlf0252, hlf0159 , hlf0371-hlf0434
  Hereditary lease interest annually 2 hlf0597 & hlf0598
  House type annually 4 hlf0154 & hlf0016 & hlf0155 & hlf0596
  Household equipment since last year 1998, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 32 hlf0163-hlf0167, hlf0209, hlf0212, hlf0214-hlf0215, hlf0217-hlf0218, hlf0159, hlf0223, hlf0228-hlf0229, hlf0231, hlc0116-hlc0118, hlf0233, hlf0236-hlf0237, hlf0169-hlf0170, hlf0239-hlf0242, hlf0244-hlf0245, hlf0247-hlf0248
  Independent Income of The Children 2016    
  Leisure Activities and Costs, Children 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 19 ka06_spo, ka06_mus, ka06_art, ka06_oth, ka06_non, ka16_ssp, ka16_smu, ka16_sar, ka16_sth, ka16_sot, ka16_spo, ka16_mus, ka16_art, ka16_org, ka16_yth, ka16_ctr, ka16_non, kk_amtp, kk_cost
  Living Environment 1986, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 22 hlf0135-hlf0152, hlj0004, hld0001-hld0003
  Loans, mortgages, building-society loans annually 2 hlf0087 & hlf0088
  Lunch, Childcare 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 1 kd_lunch
  Lunch, School 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 1 ks_lunch
  Material deprivation 2016 24 hlf0178-hlf0181 & hlf0186-hlf0195 & hlf0613 - hlf0622
  Modernization costs annually 2 hlf0599 & hlf0600
  Name and birth of children annually 1 hlk0044
  Neighbourhood annually 1 hlf0153
  Owner burden annually 1 hlf0606
  Owner costs annually 2 hlf0601 - hlf0605 & `hlf0090 & hlf0084
  Participation (financial reasons) 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 24 hlf0174hlf0175 & hlf0439hlf0444 & hlf0178hlf195
  Persons in need of care annually 22 hlf0291 & hlf0631 hlf0292 & hlf0300 - hlf0304 & hlf0315 & hlf0317 & hlf0319 - hlf0322 & hlf0331 & hlf0332 & hlf0369 & hlf0370 & hlf0446 - hlf0448 & hlf0595
  Pets 1996, 2006, 2011, 2016 7 hlf0254-hlf0259, hlf0196
  Photovoltaic and solar thermal system annually 6 hlf0532 & hlf0535 - hlf0539
  Price Comparison Apartment for Rent 1984-2014 1 hlf0094
  Reasons for Moving and Comparison 1985-2013, 2015 27 hlf0109-hlf0132, hlf0524-hlf0526
  Rely on care times 2002 1 kd_rely
  Rental and ancillary costs annually 9 hlf0069 & hlf0074 & hlf0078 & hlf0079 & hlf0081 & hlf0082 & hlf0607 & hlf0608 & hlf0610
  School attendance for child annually 2 ks_gen & ks_spe
  Second Residence 2011,2016 3 hlf0156-hlf0158
  Size and condition of the house annually 4 hlf0018 & hlf0019 & hlf0071 & hcf0011
  Social housing/leased flat at a reduced rate annually 2 hcf0007 & hlf0073
  Sponsors and Costs, Childcare 2011, 2013, 2015 7 kd_publ, kd_indep, kd_priv, kd_comp, kd_comm, kc_amtp, kc_cost
  Sponsors and Costs, School 1987, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, Mig 2013 7 kd_publ, kd_indep, kd_priv, kd_comp, kd_comm, ks_amtp, ks_cost
  Tenant burden annually 1 hlf0611
  Type of Energy used in Household   51 hlf0540-hlf0591

Education and Qualification

Education is one of the cornerstones of our society today, and the information that can be obtained through the SOEP is numerous. Whether school achievement, vocational training or academic success in this section is everything about the education of people. The school history, reasons for lack of further training, educational goals and so on. Furthermore, basic skills of children can be found here to, whether they are able to speak in whole sentences or use scissors, for example.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Individual Questionnaire        
  Acquired qualification annualy 12 plg0072- plg0079 , plg0284 , plg0268, p_degree, p_field
  Advanced training annualy 3 plg0269 - plg0271
  Apprenticeship annualy 1 plg0012 - plg0015 , plg0264 , plg0265
  Continuing education, initiative 1989, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2014 2 plg0273 , plg0274
  Continuing education, reasons for failure 1989, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2014 5 plg0277plg0281
  Further education, course details and motives 1989, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2008 60 plg0108 - plg0122 , plg0129 - plg0149 , plg0152 , plg0154 , plg0164 , plg0165 , plg0169 , plg0171 , plg0172 , plg0174 - plg0177 , plg0182 - plg0186
  Further education, organizer   1  
  Further training, financing 1989, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 7 plg0285 - plg0291
  Lifelong learning 2014 1 plg0266
Youth Questionnaire        
  Education and career plans annually 15 jl0177 - jl0187 , jl0438 - jl0441 , jl0197 - jl0199 , jl0201 - jl0205 , j_isco08_jobwish , j_isco88_jobwish, j_kldb2010_jobwish, j_kldb92_jobwish
  Educational aspirations annually 12 jl0130 , jl0131, jl0188 - jl0196 , jl0504
  School, attendance & homework annually 36 jl0125 - jl0127 , jl0132 , jl0133 , jl0137 - jl0157 , jl0162 - jl0166 , jl0176 , jl0434 - jl0436
Parents Questionnaire D (Age 7-8)        
  Educational Aspirations annualy 6 idegrad1 - idegrad3 & probgra1 - probgra3
  School enrollment annualy 3 sclenrolm & sclenroly & sclenroln
Mother-Child Questionnaire E (Age 9-10)        
  School and homework annualy 29 sclenrolm & sclenroly & curscol1 - curscol8 & lamark & matmark & nomark & scolcon1 - scolcon7 & hwplace_h & hwsupprt
  Educational Aspirations annualy 6 idegrad1 - idegrad3 & probgra1 - probgra3

Attitudes, Values and Personality

The character of a person offers a variety of analysis possibilities. Information about the personality of the respondents, their political orientation, concerns, satisfaction, willingness to take risks and much more can be found in the “Attitudes, Values, and Personality” section.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Individual Questionnaire        
  Affective Well-Being annually 4 plh0184- plh0187
  Anomie 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2013 4 plh0188-plh0191
  Attitudes towards refugees 2016 11 plj0433 – plj0443
  Big Five Personality Traits 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 16 plh0212 -plh0226, plh0255
  Bundestag election 2014 1 plh0333
  Control beliefs 2005, 2010, 2015 10 plh0247plh0252 , plh0245 , plh0246
  Depressive Traits 2016 4 plh0339 – plh0342
  Donation of blood 2010,2015 3 plh0131 - plh0133
  Donations 2010,2015 2 plh0129 , plh0130
  Donations of goods 2010 8 plj0108 - plj0115
  Flourishing annually 1 plh0334
  Goals in life (Kluckhohn) 1990, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 9 plh0105plh0112, plh0343
  Impulsivity, patience 2008,2013 3 plh0204 , plh0253 , plh0254
  Income justice, general 2005 12 plh0116- plh0127
  Life satisfaction annually 1 plh0182
  Loneliness 2013,2017 3 plh0269 - plh0271
  Lottery question 2004,2009 1 plh0203
  Money and account balance 2016 3 plh0344 – plh0346
  Narcissism 2018    
  Optimism/Pessimism 1999, 2005, 2009, 2014 1 plh0244
  Organisational and community membership 1985, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 5 plh0263 -plh0267
  Policy objectives (Inglehart Index) 1984, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2006, 2016 4 plh0054, plh0056, plh0058, plh0061
  Political orientation annually 4 plh0007 , plh0011 - plh0013
  Political Tendency, Left-Right 2005, 2009, 2014 1 plh0004
  Reciprocity 2005, 2010, 2015 6 plh0206 - plh0211
  Religious Affiliation 1990, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 1 plh0258
  Risk Aversion in Different Domains 2004,2009, 2014 6 plh0197 - plh0202
  Risk Aversion in General annually 1 plh0204
  Satisfaction with various aspects annually 11 plh0171 - plh0181
  Self Esteem 2010, 2015, 2016 1 plh0146
  Social responsibility 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2017 11 plh0016plh0026
  Tendency to Forgive 2010, 2015, 2016 4 plh0142- plh0145
  Trust, trustworthiness and fairness 2003, 2008, 2013 8 plh0192 - plh0196 , pld0043 - pld0045
  Wage justice 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 6 plh0138- plh0141 , plh0337 , plh0338
  Well-being aspects 1990 (only Ost), 1994, 1999 13 plh0091 - plh0103
  Worries annually 13 plh0032 , plh0033 , plh0035 - plh0038 , plh0040 , plh0042 , plh0043 , plh0046 , plh0047 , plh0335 , plh0336
  10000 Euro Question 2010,2017 3 plh0134- plh0136
Youth Questionnaire        
  Affective Well-Being annually 4 jl0381 - jl0384
  Attitudes and opinions annually 4 jl0329, jl0330, jl0360 , jl0364
  Big Five Personality Traits annually 17 jl0365 - jl0380
  Future annually 11 jl0222 - jl0232
  Life satisfaction annually 1 jl0392
  Locus of control annually 10 jl0350 - jl0359
  Political orientation annually 4 jl0388 - jl0391
  Risk Aversion in General annually 1 jl0349
  Sources of social inequality annually 12 jl0337 - jl0348
  Trust annually 3 jl0361 - jl0363
Mother-Child-Questionnaire A (Age 0-1)        
  Temperament annually 5 temp1 - temp5
Mother-Child Questionnaire B (Age 2-3)        
  Big Five Personality Traits annually 4 char1a & char2 - char4
  Temperament annually 7 temp1 - temp7
  Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales annually 20 spch3 & spch5 - spch8 & skll1 - skll5 & mvmn1 & mvmn3 - mvmn6 & sclr2 - sclr6
Mother-Child Questionnaire C (Age 5-6)        
  Big Five Personality Traits annually 10 char1b & char2 - char10
  Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire annually 17 behav1 - behav17
Mother-Child Questionnaire E (Age 9-10)        
  Big Five Personality Traits annually 10 char1b & char2 - char10
  Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire annually 18 behav1 - behav18

Time Use and Environmental Behavior

Time is a valuable resource for every human being. Information on how a person plans their time, what obligations they have at what time and how they spend their free time can be found in the “Time Use and Environmental Behavior” section. This section also provides comprehensive information on environmental awareness. Which transport infrastructure is used, which energy resources are used to what extent and what is the position on the subject of renewable energies?

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Household Questionnaire        
  Traffic and Energy 1998, 2003, 2015 73 hli0005, hli0077-hli0142
Individual Questionnaire        
  Computer usage 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 8 pli0066pli0073
  Leisure activities (long) 1990, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 19 pli0079pli0092 & pli0096pli0098 & pli0165 & pli0168
  Leisure activities (short) 1984-1986, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 9 pli0090pli0098
  Traffic behavior 1993, 1998, 2003 77 pli0101pli0160 & plb0016 & plb0145 & plb0147plb0156 & plb0158 & plb0159 & plb0175 & plb0591
  Use of time annually 60 pli0001- pli0060
Youth Questionnaire        
  Leisure and hobbies annually 27 jl0058 - jl0073 , jl0074 - jl0076 , jl0087 , jl0104 , jl0106 , jl0109 , jl0112 , jl0123 , jl0124 , jl0433

Integration, Migration, Transnationalization

Migration and establishment processes are changing society. With its large number of migration samples and specific migration questions, the SOEP can cover these research topics comprehensively. The area “Integration, Migration, Transnationalization” offers you analysis possibilities on migration history, discrimination, inter-ethnic contacts, education, cultural integration, transnational relations, identification with Germany and the intention to stay.

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Questionnaire Module Replication No. Vars Variables
Individual Questionnaire        
  Circle of Friends, Share of Migrants 2013,2018 1 plj0191
  Citizenship Application 1998-2018 (every two years) 1 plj0021
  Contact, at home and abroad 1997-2017 (every two yeras) 4 plj0060 - plj0063
  Contacts and thoughts abroad 2009,2014 6 plj0104 & plj0105 & plj0089 - plj0092
  Disadvantages due to origin (area) 2015 15 plj0048 & plj0327 - plj0340
  Disadvantages due to origin (short) 1997-2011, 2013, 2017 1 plj0048
  Foreign anguage skills 2013 1 plm0135
  Integration Indicators 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 2 plj0078 & plj0080
  Intention to stay 1997-2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 4 plj0085 - plj0088
  Linguistic usage, media 2014, 2016, 2018 1 plj0226
  Linguistic usage, newspaper 1996-2012 (every two years) 1 plj0070
  Native Tongue 2007-2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 8 plj0009 & & plj0324 - plj0326
  Regional Attachment 2009,2014 3 plj0343 - plj0345
  Residence status, citizenship 2018 2  
  Sense of Home 1996-2014 (every two years) 2 plj0083 & plj0340
  Visit country of origin last 2 years 1996-2018 (every two years) 2 plj0322 & plj0323
  Language Ability German/Mother Tongue   9 plj0071 - plj0076 & plj0183 - plj0185
Youth Questionnaire        
  Language Ability German/Mother Tongue   9 jl0248 , jl0251 & jl0442 - jl0444 jl1249 & jl1251 jl1459 - jl1461

Survey Methodology

In the “Survey Methodology” section you will find many relevant variables on imputation, weighting, field work in SOEP-Core, identifiers, the interviewer’s working methods,survey methods and also information about our respondent’s exit from the survey.

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Important documents regarding this Topic are available here