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.

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.

News

The beta-version of wave 21 is now available

Data from Swiss Household Panel wave 21 and Cohort wave 7 are now available on request

New SHP data available

Wave 20 and the data of the pilot study for the forthcoming refreshment sample of the SHP are now available on FORSbase!
Also available, the new wave of the LIVES FORS Cohort Survey as well as the data of the additional SHP Vaud sample.

Why do people choose a public service career?

In a recently published article based on data from the Swiss Household Panel, Caroline Fischer and Carina Schott try to understand why people enter and stay in public service careers. […]

Vulnerable people, the dot-com crisis and the Great Recession

Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Jehane Simona-Moussa and Laura Ravazzini explored how the dot-com crisis and the Great Recession affected vulnerable people in Switzerland.

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