Scientific Activities

Beside data generation, the SHP team is involved in a wide range of scientific activities and makes its data available to the scientific community.

We organize an annual event, alternatingly an international conference and a methodological workshop. The conference allows panel users to meet, to discuss the use of the SHP data and panel data in general, and present their ongoing work. The aim of the workshop is to familiarise users with longitudinal analysis methods. We also collect all scientific publications that use SHP data and technical reports on the SHP to promote the use and understanding of our data. Finally, we maintain a research network comprising over 1100 registered members who analyse the SHP data relating to a wide variety of topics and who generate a large number of academic work.

Events

Upcoming event in 2019

The 10th International Conference of Panel Data Users will take place in Switzerland in early June 2019. Expect some special events for this 10th edition, which will also mark the 20th wave of data collection of the SHP.

Past events

2018

The biennial SHP workshop took place from 11 to 14 June at the University of Lausanne. After the usual introductory day, we succeeded in gaining Prof. André Berchthold who gave a course on “Missing data and data imputation with the Swiss Household Panel”.

2017

The 9th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland took place from 6 to 8 June 2017 at the University of Lausanne. For the first time, we added a third day during which we organised a well-received workshop.

2016

The biennial SHP workshop took place from 4 to 7 July at the University of Lausanne. Prof. Priscila Ferreira held a course on “Survival analysis using the Swiss Household Panel.”

2015

The 8th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland took place on 1 and 2 June at the University of Lausanne.

Publications

Technical papers

Research network
Data users automatically become members of the “Living in Switzerland” research network. Since 2009 the members automatically receive the latest data sets and updates. Members of the network also automatically receive an invitation to the Swiss Panel Conference and to workshops. In order to find out what other users are working with the data and how to get in touch with them, you can find the complete list of members of the research network here.

Currently, the “Living in Switzerland” research network has more than 1’100 registered members (i.e. researchers who have signed a data contract since 1999 and who have received at least onc SHP CD) analysing the SHP data on a variety of topics, such as: types of households and families, poverty, health, living conditions of elderly people, living conditions of first and second generation immigrants, political participation and life satisfaction, etc.

The SHP data users come from:

  • sociology (34%)
  • economics (30%)
  • political science (8%)
  • public health (4%)
  • psychology (4%)
  • statistics (3%)
  • education (2%)

The network also includes several technical scientists and geographers, indicating that the SHP data is also being used to analyse spatially related topics.

The active data users belong to the following institutions:

  • Swiss academic institutions (69%)
  • International academic institutions (18%)
  • Public administrations (8%)
  • Private institutes (5%)

National and international academic communities clearly dominate comprising 87% of all data users. However, the “statistical” use by public administrations and private research facilities is not negligible. Within Switzerland, all universities and many universities of applied science are represented among the data users.

Members of the research network who wish to make changes to update their details should send an e-mail to denise.bloch@fors.unil.ch.

Historically the creation of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) was one of the key structural measures implemented within the framework of the Swiss Priority Programme (SPP) “Switzerland Towards the Future” from 1998 to 2003.

To date, the SHP has experienced three main periods. In its first phase (1998-2003), initiated by the Swiss Priority Programme “Switzerland Towards the Future”, the SHP was a joint project run by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the University of Neuchâtel.

When the SPP “Switzerland Towards the Future” came to an end, the SHP entered its second phase (2004-2007). Still located at the University of Neuchâtel, the SHP established the joint venture project “Living in Switzerland 2020” with the goal of conducting the Statistics of Income and Living Conditions (SILC) pilot study in 2004-2005 in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The third phase of the SHP is linked to the integration within FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences. Since 2008, the SHP, still funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is located at the University of Lausanne and integrated into FORS.

The creation of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) was one of the key structural measures to achieve two main purposes:

  1. Ensure a solid database for social reporting on stability and changes in living arrangements and well-being in Switzerland, which complements data collected by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office;
  2. Promote opportunities for quantitative social science research, by making high quality data available to Swiss social scientists and to the international social science research community.

The SHP is involved in many international projects and therefore enables comparisons with surveys or panels in other countries.

Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF)
The SHP is part of the Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF). The CNEF contains equivalently defined variables for the US – Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), the British Household Panel Study (BHPS)/(Understanding Society), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), the Canadian Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID), the Korean Labour and Income Panel Survey (KLIPS), the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey-Higher School of Economics (RLMS-HSE) and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).

The data is designed to allow cross-national researchers to access a simplified version of these panels with guidelines for formulating equivalent variables across countries.

An article (Frick et al. 2007) describing the CNEF project can be downloaded here.

The CNEF variables of the SHP can be obtained via2 channels:

  1. Download CNEF variables of the SHP (registered users only)
  2. Comparative CNEF data of all member countries

To access the SHP-CNEF file on the CD provided by the Ohio State University, please follow these steps:

STEP 1: Sign the SHP_ CNEF Data contract.

In the contract, you will need to describe your project. In signing the contract, you agree to adhere to the conditions for data users, in particular to protect the confidentiality of the data.

STEP 2: Mail or fax your signed contract to the SHP.

Mailing address:
FORS, c/o University of Lausanne, Géopolis, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Fax: +41 21 692 37 35
E-mail: swisspanel@fors.unil.ch

STEP 3: Register for the SHP-CNEF data at the Ohio State University

Once you have returned the signed contract to you, fax a copy to CNEF at Ohio State University (+1-614-292-4561).


To access the whole CNEF data file:

The CNEF data (CD including all member countries) and documentation can be acquired from the Ohio State University. They will email you an invoice for 125 USD. Once they receive your payment, they will mail you the disc. Continuing users receive free data updates. Contracts with the separate institutions responsible for the panels must be signed to access the data on the CD (additional details).

International collaboration

Consortium of Household Panels for European Socio-Economic Research (CHER)

The SHP participated in the Consortium of Household Panels for European Socio-Economic Research (CHER). The CHER core data set on income, employment, living conditions and health was released in 2004. It contains information from the following countries: Germany (since 1984); United Kingdom (since 1991); Denmark, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal (since 1994); Austria and Finland (since 1995); Sweden (since 1997); Switzerland (since 1999).

Statistics of Income and Living Conditions (SILC)

The pilot surveys (2004 and 2005) of SILC (Statistics of Income and Living Conditions; Eurostat) were conducted by the Swiss National Statistical Office in close cooperation with the SHP. Data from the pilot surveys can be acquired from COMPASS.

Links to other panels
Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF)

Other panel studies in Switzerland:

Transitions for Education to Employment (TREE)

Swiss Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (COCON)

Survey on Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

Other household panels:

Germany : Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

Australia : Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA)

US : Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)

Canada : Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)

UK : British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)/(Understanding Society)

South Korea : Korean Labor & Income Panel Study (KLIPS)

Morocco: Enqûete panel de ménage (ONDH)

Other collaborations:

Non-Marital Childbearing project (click here)

Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (LIVES)

Swiss National Cohort (SNC)

The SHP survey enjoys a favourable echo in Switzerland’s media as the articles  show.
SHP in the media

Teilzeitarbeit macht Väter unglücklich
Der Bund, July 4, 2018

  • Discussion about the article of July 4 on infosperber.

Die Kraft der Freundschaft
NZZ am Sonntag, December 24, 2017

Glücklich ist der Teilzeit-Papa nur in der Theorie
NZZ am Sonntag, September 10, 2017

Frauen sind mit Teilzeit glücklicher als Männer
St. Galler Tagblatt, September 7, 2017

Frauen glücklicher als Männer mit Teilzeitarbeit
Luzerner Zeitung, September 7, 2017

Teilzeit macht Frauen glücklich und Männer unglücklich
Aargauer Zeitung, September 7, 2017

Teilzeit oder Vollzeit, was macht zufriedener? (version française ici)
DeFacto, September 5, 2017

Heiraten macht krank!
Blick, June 4, 2017

Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not
The New York Times, May 25, 2017

Jobverlust stiehlt Kinderwunsch
Wiener Zeitung, March 17, 2017

Jeder Zehnte findet seine Wohnung zu gross
NZZ, December 8, 2016

Un ménage sur dix occupe un logement trop grand
Le Matin, December 8, 2016

Der steinige Weg zum Wohneigentum. Nur wer erbt, kann kaufen
NZZ, November 26, 2016

“Changer de parti?”
Radio Télévision Suisse la 1ère. Emission “TRIBU”, December 15, 2015
Dr Ursina Kuhn, collaboratrice scientifique de l‘enquête « Vivre en Suisse », a fait une thèse basée sur les données de notre enquête sur les changements de préférences partisanes. Dans l’émission TRIBU, elle présente les résultats de sa thèse.

Les crises ont un effet égalitaire
Le Courrier, October 13, 2015

Schweizer beim Wählen alles andere als treu
20 Minuten, October 9, 2015

Les inégalités du revenu suisse
Le Temps, October 7, 2015

Einkommensverteilung in der Schweiz. Konstante Ungleichheit seit 1990
NZZ, October 7, 2015

L’électeur suisse est très volatil, un sur deux change de parti
La gruyère, October 6, 2015

50% des suisses changent de parti politique
Allez savoir, September, 2015

Un Suisse sur deux est infidèle en politique
Le Matin, September 20, 2015

“Travailler, comment on s’arrête?”
Radio Télévision Suisse la 1ère. Emission “VACARME”, September 2, 2015
Dr Valérie-Anne Ryser est une collaboratrice scientifique de l’enquête « Vivre en Suisse ». Avec d’autres invités, elle discute dans l’émission VACARME des expériences faites par les personnes lors de la transition de l’emploi à la retraite.

Arbeitslosigkeit ist keine Gewöhnungssache
Psychologie Heute, March, 2013

A Home of One’s Own
Bulletin, January, 2013

“Décryptage du Panel suisse de ménages”
Radio Télévision Suisse la 1ère. Emission “ON EN PARLE”, January 24, 2013
Dario Spini est professeur à l’Université de Lausanne et directeur du PRN LIVES. Invité de l’émission ON EN PARLE, il présente notre enquête à un grand public.

SOEP-Studie : Geteiltes Leid ist nicht halbes Leid – Arbeitslosigkeit schmerzt auch wenn viele Menschen einer Region betroffen sind
Pressemitteilung DIW, September, 2012

Arbeitsmarkt “Arbeitslose sind unglücklich genug”
Zeit Online, September, 2012

“Die Zeit heilt keine Wunden”
Frankfurter Allgemeine, September, 2012

Etre parents ? Non merci !
Le Matin, 22 July, 2012

Die Schweizer zieht es an den Strand und in die Berge
Sonntagszeitung, July, 2012

Geschiedene Frauen stimmen seltener ab
Aargauer Zeitung, July, 2012

Die Wohlstands-Sterbekarte der Schweiz
Tagesanzeiger, June 25, 2012

En couple, sans enfants, un choix hors normes
24 heures, Mai 3, 2012

Die Milchbüchleinrechnung — Statistik über die Haushalte in der Schweiz
NZZ Folio, February, 2011

Winterthur — die Stadt der glücklichsten Frauen
Migros-Magazin,  August 2, 2010

Portrait des ménages en Suisse
Uniscope N° 549 from November 30 to December 31, 2009

Blick durchs Schlüsselloch
20 Minuten, December 18, 2009

Pourquoi le divorce isole-t-il les femmes ?
Femina, November 22, 2009

Les femmes trinquent
Femina, November 15, 2009

L’incidence de l’idéologie familiale sur les carrières féminines
L’AGEFI, November 11, 2009

Zufriedenheit : Winterthur schlägt Zürich
Tages-Anzeiger, June 12, 2009

Die Stadt, die Frauen glücklich macht
Der Landbote, June 12, 2009

In Winterthur sind die Frauen am glücklichsten
Blick, June 11, 2009

Das Glück läuft hinterher
Fokus, Sonntags Zeitung, Mai 31, 2009

Grüne gehen am meisten fremd
Blick, Montag, July 2, 2007

Le retour des femmes au foyer
Le Matin, June 29, 2007

Arbeiten und Kinder haben. Jetzt reden die Mütter !
Blick, June 29, 2007

“Wenn das Mami arbeitet, leidet das Kind”
Blick, June 28, 2007

80% des votants sont infidèles à leur parti !
L’illustré, June 27, 2007

Une conférence internationale autour du Panel suisse des ménages à Neuchâtel
Le Quotidien Jurassien, February 24, 2007

Les familles suisses dans le temps (plus disponible)
Radio Suisse Romande la 1ère. Emission “LA SMALA”, April 1, 2006

Cinq mille familles sous la loupe
L’Express, February 22, 2006

Communiqué de presse
Poolneige (Pool Neuchâtelois d’informatique de gestion), June 2, 2004

Une année dans la vie des Suisses
Horizons, June, 2004 (FR, DE)

FAMILIENWAHL
Brückenbauer September 23, 2003

Une Suisse de plus en plus POLARISÉE
Construire, September 23, 2003

Ausbau der statistischen Infrastruktur – Projekt “Leben in der Schweiz 2020″
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 1, 2002

Plutôt branchés, les Suisses
L’illustré, October 24, 2001

Serie “Forschen in Team”
Agenda, February 2001

Enquête sur les ménages suisses
Echo, December 7, 2000

Fast wie im Paradis
Schweizer Familie, September 14, 2000

La vie de Monsieur et Madame Suisse
Horizons, September, 1999 (FR, DE)

Angst 2000 : Keine Jobs mehr für unsere Kinder
Sonntags Blick, June 27, 1999

Panel Suisse de Ménages. (FR, DE)