SOEP Innovation Sample

November 04, 2014

Dr. David Richter (DIW)


The research infrastructure SOEP at DIW Berlin established a longitudinal Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) in 2012 for particularly innovative research projects. The SOEP-IS is primarily available for methodical and thematic research that involves too much of a risk of high non-response rates for the long-term SOEP study. The SOEP-IS will be established in the period from 2012 to 2017 and should be fully developed by 2017 (with a cumulative target size of N=5,000 households). Starting with the 2013 survey, the SOEP determined the contents of SOEP-IS through a competitive refereed application process for the “best” research questions and their operationalizations. We offer researchers at universities and research institutes worldwide the opportunity to use this sample for their innovative research projects, thereby helping us to shape the catalog of questions in the SOEP and obtaining the resulting data very rapidly for their own analysis. SOEP-IS is well suited to short-term experiments, but it is particularly useful for long-term surveys that are not possible in the framework of the core SOEP—whether because the instruments are not yet established or because the questions deal with very specific research issues. Further information about SOEP-IS in general is published in David Richter, Jürgen Schupp. 2012. SOEP Innovation Sample (SOEP-IS) - Description, Structure and Documentation.

About the speaker

Dr. David Richter ist seit 2011 beim Sozio-ökonomischen Panel in Berlin für die Koordination des SOEP-Innovationssamples verantwortlich. Davor war David Richter von 2009 bis 2011 für operative Projektleitung der DFG-Forschergruppe BiKS an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg verantwortlich. David Richter hat als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development an der Jacobs University Bremen und am Lehrstuhl für Entwicklungspsychologie an der Universität Leipzig zur Entwicklung von Empathie im Erwachsenalter promoviert. David Richter interessiert sich für subjektives Wohlbefinden und emotionale Entwicklung über die gesamte Lebensspanne von der frühen Kindheit bis ins hohe Alter.