Jürgen Schupp studied Economics and Sociology in Mainz and Frankfurt am Main, completing his diploma in Sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt in 1983. He then took over a position as Junior Research Associate at the University of Frankfurt in the German Research Foundation’s Special Research Unit “Microanalytic Foundations of Social Policy” (Sfb 3). At the end of 1984, he transferred within the Special Research Unit into the project “Socio-Economic Panel”, located at DIW Berlin under then-president Hans-Jürgen Krupp, and thereafter made a series of longer research visits to the USA and Great Britain. In 1994, he completed his doctorate at the Ruhr-University Bochum. He has worked closely with the Free University Berlin for many years as a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Sociology. In March 2006 Jürgen Schupp has been appointed Honorary Professor for Sociology in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Free University. From 12/2005-03/2006 and 08-09/2006 Jürgen Schupp worked as Research Fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK) in Delmenhorst.
As survey manager of the longitudinal socio-economic panel study (SOEP), Jürgen Schupp has been responsible for planning the further development of SOEP as a survey instrument for many years. From February 2011 to December 2012 he served as Interim Head of Research Unit Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). In February 2013 he was appointed as Director of Research Unit Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Since September 2013, Jürgen Schupp has held the position of Full Professor of Sociology with a focus on empirical social research at the Free University of Berlin in cooperation with DIW Berlin.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2000.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10861

We investigate how worries in Germany change across time and age, drawing on both closed-ended questions (which typically list a number of worry items) and open-ended questions answered in text format. We find that relevant world events influence worries. For example, worries about peace peaked in 2003, the year of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10521
Gert G. Wagner, Martin Bruemmer, Axel Glemser, Julia Rohrer, Jürgen Schupp

This paper demonstrates how quality of life can be measured by plain text in a representative survey, the German Socio Economic Panel Study (SOEP). Furthermore, the paper shows that problems that are difficult to monitor, especially problems like the state of the European Union, long-term climate change but also the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7655
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2015, 44, 56-8

Despite numerous studies on skill development, we know little about the causal effects of music training on cognitive and non-cognitive skills. This study examines how long-term music training during childhood and youth affects the development of cognitive skills, school grades, personality, time use and ambition using representative data from the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7654
published in: Journal of Happiness Studies, 2017, 18(4), 1231-1254.

Unemployment continues to be one of the major challenges in industrialized societies. Aside from its economic dimensions and societal repercussions, questions concerning the individual experience of unemployment have recently attracted increasing attention. Although many studies have documented the detrimental effects of unemployment for subjective well-being, they overwhelmingly focus on life...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4663

In the 2008 Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) Pretest, the factorial survey method was tested for the first time for use in the SOEP longitudinal study. In this paper, we describe the construction and application of the vignette module, which has its origins in the field of justice research and is...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4390

Using a unique dataset we study both the actual and self-perceived relationship between subjective well-being and income comparisons against a wide range of potential comparison groups, enabling us to investigate a broader range of questions than in previous studies. In questions inserted into a 2008 module of the German-Socio Economic...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4087

Trust is a concept that has attracted significant attention in economic theory and research within the last two decades: it has been applied in a number of contexts and has been investigated both as an explanatory and as a dependent variable. In this paper, we explore the questions of what...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3915
published in: Journal of Positive Psychology, 2010, 5 (1), 73-82

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (SOEP), this paper assesses the relationship between life satisfaction and religious practice. The main new result here is longitudinal. It is shown that individuals who become more religious over time record long term gains in life satisfaction, while those who become less...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1730
revised version published as 'Individual Risk Attitudes: Measurement, Determinants, and Behavioral Consequences' in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9 (3), 522–550

This paper presents new evidence on the distribution of risk attitudes in the population, using a novel set of survey questions and a representative sample of roughly 22,000 individuals living in Germany. Using a question that asks about willingness to take risks on an 11-point scale, we find evidence of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 715
published in: Schmollers Jahrbuch: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften / Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 2002, 122 (4), 519-542; see IZA Reprints 179/03

Typically, laboratory experiments suffer from homogeneous subject pools and self-selection biases. The usefulness of survey data is limited by measurement error and by the questionability of their behavioral relevance. Here we present a method integrating interactive experiments and representative surveys thereby overcoming crucial weaknesses of both approaches. One of the...