We are very pleased to announce the culmination of an effort between the German Federal Employment Agency (Institute for Employment Research, IAB) and the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MICDA) to launch a new initiative in international data sharing. This collaborative research endeavor provides approved researchers with restricted access to confidential German administrative microdata. This is the first time that these data have been accessible outside Germany.
The newly available data come from the German Social Security system and provide information on both individuals and households and employers. They include detailed information on employment, unemployment benefit receipts, participation in labor market programs and registered job search, and a large number of socio-economic characteristics. This unique data base can be linked to IAB surveys and German pension data.
To learn more about the FDZ and IAB data in detail please visit the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research. All data products available are provided free of charge. For instructions on how to apply for the data, visit the Data Access: On-site Use page. For help accessing these data contact Daniela Hochfellner via electronic mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (734-763-2348). The FDZ/IAB data access site in Ann Arbor is located in the MiCDA Data Enclave, Institute for Social Research, Room 106, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.