GESIS Training Courses

Scientific Coordination

Sabina Haveric
Tel: +49 (0221) 47694 - 166

Administrative Coordination

Laura Rüwe


Sandra Bohmann

Date: 24.10 - 25.10.2019 ics-file

Location: Cologne / Course language: Englisch

Course description

This two day workshop offers a well-grounded and practically oriented introduction into this sophisticated data source. Participants will be introduced to the content of the study, its data-structure, sample selection and weighting strategy and they will be provided with an overview over the study documentation. Additionally we will discuss the specific potentials for longitudinal data analyses provided by the SOEP. In a variety of “Hands-on Sessions” participants will learn to work with SOEP data, the data-management tool and documentation material and thereby mimic the entire process from identifying and finding variables containing specific information in the dataset to the creation of the final dataset for analysis and first empirical investigations. The practical part of the workshop requires familiarity with methods of empirical analysis and basic programming skills in STATA.


Target group

The course is aimed primarily at advanced students, doctoral students and scientists who would like to use SOEP data in their research.

Learning objectives

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with all the knowledge and tools which are necessary to use the SOEP data efficiently for your research. You will get to know the potentials and limitations of the dataset, as well as hands on knowledge on how to work with the data, including identifying and finding the right kind of variables, data-management, weighting.


Basic knowldge on empirical data analysis as well as first experiences with statistical analysis tools such as Stata or R are required.
You will receive workshop PCs with the required software packages on site. To pull data onto your devices, please bring USB sticks with you. You have free WiFi access.


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