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Preparation of Data from the New SOEP Consumption Module: Editing, Imputation, and Smoothing

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  • Jan Marcus
  • Rainer Siegers
  • Markus M. Grabka

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This documentation describes the data preparation of the new consumption module in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and introduces the content and structure of the generated dataset "hconsum." In 2010, the SOEP for the first time included a detailed consumption module in the household questionnaire. This documentation discusses several methodological challenges of the new module and suggests possible remedies. The methodological challenges include inconsistencies between monthly and annual consumption information, missing values, and a high incidence of heaping.

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  • Jan Marcus & Rainer Siegers & Markus M. Grabka, 2013. "Preparation of Data from the New SOEP Consumption Module: Editing, Imputation, and Smoothing," Data Documentation 70, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwddc:dd70
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    1. Stefan Bach & Martin Beznoska & Viktor Steiner, 2016. "An Integrated Micro Data Base for Tax Analysis in Germany," Data Documentation 86, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. repec:bla:revinw:v:63:y:2017:i:3:p:542-563 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Loeffler, Max & Peichl, Andreas & Pestel, Nico & Siegloch, Sebastian & Sommer, Eric, 2014. "Documentation IZA?MOD v3.0: The IZA Policy Simulation Model," IZA Discussion Papers 8553, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Lamarche, Pierre, 2017. "Estimating consumption in the HFCS: Experimental results on the first wave of the HFCS," Statistics Paper Series 22, European Central Bank.
    5. Groß, Marcus & Rendtel, Ulrich, 2015. "Kernel density estimation for heaped data," Discussion Papers 2015/27, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
    6. Nico Pestel & Eric Sommer, 2017. "Shifting Taxes from Labor to Consumption: More Employment and more Inequality?," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 63(3), pages 542-563, September.
    7. Heinz-Herbert Noll & Stefan Weick, 2015. "Consumption expenditures and subjective well-being: empirical evidence from Germany," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 62(2), pages 101-119, June.

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    Keywords

    SOEP; consumption; heaping; imputation; generalized beta of the second kind;

    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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