Working with SOEPhelp¶
The following tool is available from Version v34 (Wave bh) and from Stata Version 12.
The SOEP data sets are equipped with numerous helpful additional information. SOEPhelp is a stata.ado for displaying dataset-based documentation. By installing this stata command, data set information, such as variable histories, are displayed directly in your stata window.
Open Stata and enter the following in the command line :
net install soephelp, replace from(http://companion.soep.de/SOEPhelp/)
The following commands are provided by .ado:
For a general introduction to SOEPhelp, you can type the command
help soephelp. Here you will find a detailed explanation of the Stata.ado and the different ways to use it. The .ado is available in German and English.
With the command
soephelp, using wave specific datasets (subdirectory raw), you receive a basic description of the data set as well as a list of samples contained in it, including the instruments corresponding to the sample. By clicking on the provided links, you will get to the respective questionnaires or to the data set on paneldata.
soephelp in longitudinal data sets, you also receive a basic description as well as a list of wave specific data sets that are used to generate the longitudinal version.
If you enter the command
soephelp <variable> in a wave specific data set, you will get detailed information about the addressed variable. The question asked in the questionnaire is displayed and in which samples and instruments the question was asked. Additionally, the command offers the corresponding long variable as well as the link of the displayed variable to our documentation portal paneldata.org.
Conversely, with long data, you receive the wave specific input variables and datasets used to generate the long-variable.
SOEPhelp is directly linked to the SOEPcompanion.