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The First Six Waves of SOEP: The Panel Project in the Years 1983 to 1989

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  • Ute Hanefeld
  • Jürgen Schupp

This article describes how the German Socio-Economic Panel longitudinal study project developed over the years 1983 to 1989, a period when practical experience was being gathered with the first six waves and when the further funding for this large-scale project was a constant issue. During this time, a series of basic features were established that have made this panel study an example to others - for example, its governance structure, teamworking capacity, service provision, data quality, and data provision. The article shows that during the early years of building this project in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center Sfb 3 "Microanalytical Foundations of Social Policy" at the Universities of Frankfurt and Mannheim, the panel study at DIW Berlin developed increasingly close cooperation with non-university social science research institutions as well as with the two universities in West Berlin.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 146.

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Length: 18 p.
Date of creation: 2008
Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp146
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  1. Gert G. Wagner, 2008. "Die Längsschnittstudie Sozio-oekonomisches Panel (SOEP): die Jahre von der Wende zur Jahrtausendwende," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 77(3), pages 43-62.
  2. Deborah A. Bowen & Michaela Engelmann & Sabine Kallwitz & Christine Kurka & Uta Rahmann, 2008. "Entwicklung des SOEPservice," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 77(3), pages 130-141.
  3. Frick, Joachim R. & Grabka, Markus M., 2007. "Item Non-Response and Imputation of Annual Labor Income in Panel Surveys from a Cross-National Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 3043, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Gert G. Wagner & Joachim R. Frick & Jürgen Schupp, 2007. "The German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) – Scope, Evolution and Enhancements," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 127(1), pages 139-169.
  5. Jürgen Schupp ; Gert Wagner, 1990. "Die DDR-Stichprobe des Sozio-ökonomischen Panels (SOEP): Konzept und Durchführung der "Basiserhebung 1990" in der DDR," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 15, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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