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 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 Cohort Study 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

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.

Routine Workers in an Increasingly Automated World of Work

In a study based on SHP data, Thomas Kurer from Harvard University explores the consequences of technological change on routine workers in Switzerland. Three major results come out of this […]

Beta version of wave 20 available on request

The beta version of the 20th wave of the SHP data is now available on request. If you would like to get access to this dataset, please contact us via […]

Does low-wage work lead to political alienation?

Based on data from the Swiss Household Panel, Dominik Schraff’s contribution provides evidence that persistent low-wage work may lead to withdrawal from democratic politics. He argues that dropping into low-wage […]

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