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Improving Access to Documentation on Restricted Labor Market Data

Presenter 1
Stephanie Jacobs
Cornell University
Presenter 2
Warren Brown
Cornell University

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency have developed a data service enabling approved researchers to securely access confidential administrative microdata on labor markets. The data files contain detailed information on employment, unemployment benefit receipts, participation in labor market programs and registered job search, and a large number of socio-economic characteristics. Remote access to IAB's Scientific Use Files is available to any researcher approved by IAB, no affiliation with Cornell is required. This presentation demonstrates how researchers can use CED2AR to search through the metadata for IAB's Scientific Use Files (SUF) to locate variables of interest and other documentation essential to formulating and carrying out a research plan.  CED2AR, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and developed by the Cornell Node of the NSF Census Research Network (NCRN), is designed to improve the discover-ability of both public and restricted data. The project is based upon leading metadata standards and ingests data from a variety of sources. The addition of IAB SUF to CED2AR enables researchers to search across multiple labor market data series including the US Census Bureau's LEHD.

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