help soepdo


soepdo -- Retrieval of SOEP drop-outs made easy


soepdo [namelist] , soepdir() yperg() [erhebj()]


soepdo is intended for people who need to build datasets which contain drop-outs from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP Group, 2001). In the current version only the retrieval of variables in YPBRUTTO is supported.

Where appropriate the options are named as the variables in YPBRUTTO which are used as criterium for inclusion of observation in your dataset.


namelist is optional. One may specify variables from YPBRUTTO here which are than included in the new dataset. If no variables are given, all variables from YPBRUTTO are included. PERSNR, ERHEBJ and YPERG are always included.

soepdir is mandatory. It tells soepdo the path to the directory where SOEP files are stored.

yperg is manadatory. Here one specifies the reasons for drop-outs in terms of YPERG (see Frick and Haisken-DeNew, 2005). If no integer is given, no observations will be in your dataset.

erhebj is optional. Some drop-outs can occur multiple times per person, e.g. moving abroad. By default, soepdo will keep all observations but one may specify e(last) or e(first) to keep only the first or the last drop-out in terms of ERHEBJ.


Please send your suggestions and comments to:

Tim Stegmann Institute for Work, Skills and Training(IAQ) University of Duisburg-Essen 45117 Essen Germany



Version 1.1.1

- varlist is now namelist - fixed some typos in help file


This software comes "as is" without warrenty. Use at your own risk.


Haisken-DeNew, J. P. & Frick, J. R. (ed.)(2005): DTC. Desktop Companion to the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Version 8. Berlin: Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

SOEP Group (2001): The German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) after more than 15 years -- Overview. Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, 70(1), 7-14