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.

News

Call for papers: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel

10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel. The special anniversary edition of the 10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in […]

State institutions and social trust among Swiss citizens

Social trust has typically been considered a deep-seated, thus stable, disposition. However, in accordance with institutional theory, a recent finding provides strong evidence for a causal influence of trust in […]

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

Edited by Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, and Peter Farago, this book uses longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course. […]

Special issue for the 20th birthday of the Swiss Household Panel

In 2019, the Swiss Household Panel celebrates its 20th birthday. On this occasion, the Swiss Journal of Sociology invites for contributions to an anniversary issue. The contributions should focus on […]