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Access to Labor Force Data in Germany

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Dana Mueller
Research Data Center of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research

The access to administrative and confidential micro data has developed amazingly fast over the last years in Germany. One crucial factor to improve the statistical infrastructure was the establishment of research data centers. The focus of this presentation is to introduce the research data center (RDC) in Nuremberg that facilitates access to the confidential administrative and survey data of the Federal Employment Agency and the Institute for Employment Research. We provide cross- sectional and longitudinal data on individuals and firms. Data on individuals include comprehensive information on employment, unemployment and job search, our firm survey covers a wide range of aspects and is also available as linked employer- employee data. We offer different access methods which depend on the degree of data confidentiality: Anonymized scientific use files are send to the researcher, more confidential data can be analyzed via on-site use or remote execution. The access is free of charge and not restricted to German researchers. Researchers from abroad may get a grant to visit the RDC.

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