The principal aim of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) is to observe social change, in particular the dynamics of changing living conditions and representations in the population of Switzerland.
It is a yearly panel study following a random sample of private households in Switzerland over time, interviewing all household members mainly by telephone.
The SHP constitutes a unique longitudinal database for Switzerland and is supported by the Swiss national science foundation. The survey covers a broad range of topics and approaches in the social sciences.
Data collection started in 1999 with a sample of 5,074 households containing 12,931 household members. In 2004 a second sample of 2,538 households with a total of 6,569 household members was added; and since 2013 the SHP contains a third sample of 4’093 households and 9’945 individuals.
Currently the SHP database holds information on the years 1999 to 2013. The data from the Swiss Household Panel are freely available for the scientific community (see Data/Support).