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Swiss Household Panel

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.

The SHP database holds information since 1999. The data from the Swiss Household Panel are freely available for the scientific community (see Data/Support).

LIVES Cohort Study and SHP LIVES – Vaud

At the start of the third sample of the SHP, two additional research projects were launched in collaboration with the SHP.

The LIVES Cohort Study: The National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES set up a cohort study, which includes Swiss migrants born between 1988 and 1997 who went to school in Switzerland before the age of 10. The aim is to observe second generation migrants in Switzerland over time and to compare them with their Swiss counterparts in the same sample. In the firs wave 1’691 individuals were interviewed.

The SHP LlVES – Vaud: The Department of Health and Social Action of the canton of Vaud set up a cantonal household panel in collaboration with the SHP and LIVES. Financially disadvantaged people are overrepresented in this household panel. 1’253 individuals have participated in the first wave.

Like the SHP II, the LIVES Cohort Study as well as the Vaud Household Panel used the biographical questionnaire in the first wave. In addition, both studies use the questionnaire of the SHP. For the Vaud Household Panel, additional questions with regard to the financial situation, welfare transfers and social policies were asked. The data of both studies are available on our webpage.