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 (Tillmann et al. 2016). It is an annual panel study based on 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 with 9’945 individuals. Response rates have remained high in all three samples.

The data from the Swiss Household Panel is freely accessible to the scientific community on FORSbase (see data).

Since 2013, the SHP team also conducts the LIVES FORS Cohort Survey as well as the SHP LIVES Vaud in collaboration with NCCR LIVES and the canton of Vaud.

News

First results of the Swiss Household Panel Covid-19 study

The Swiss Household Panel has launched a special wave to assess the living conditions during the semi-lockdown in spring 2020. The data of the study are available on FORSbase.

Call for abstracts for the SHP conference in 2021

The 11th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland will take place at the University of Lausanne in June 9-10, 2021. Submit your session proposal or your abstract for a presentation or a poster until January 31, 2021.

Large loss in studying time during the closure of schools in Switzerland in 2020

The results, which are based on an evaluation of the data from the Swiss Household Panel, show a significant decrease in learning time for all.

The SHP COVID-19 data is available now!

The Swiss Household Panel has conducted a special wave to assess living conditions during the COVID-19 semi-lockdown. These data are now available on FORSbase.

Open access publication with SHP-data

Anniversary publications for 20 years of SHP

This open access book describes based on the Swiss Household Panel data how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen years. Read more.
In 2019, the SHP has celebrated its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, we have published a flyer presenting the panel in general terms as well as a brochure demonstrating its richness and the usefulness of longitudinal data.