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IAB Establishment Panel

The IAB Establishment Panel is an annual representative survey on various topics such as the determinants of labour demand. It has been conducted by the IAB since 1993 in West Germany and since 1996 in East Germany, too. The IAB Establishment Panel is the central basis for the analysis of labour demand in Germany. For details please refer to the outline of the IAB Establishment Panel.

Detailed information on the contents of the IAB Establishment Panel is given by the department 'Establishments and Employment' on the Establishment Panel web sites (only in German).

The IAB establishment panel is also available linked with individual administrative data  as Linked Employer/Employee Data (LIAB).

Dataset Description and List of Variables

The dataset description includes questionnaires and frequency tables.

 Questionnaires

 Frequency tables

 List of variables

 Questionnaires 1993-2015  Frequency tables 1993-2015

 List of variables 1993-2015

The list of variables includes a synopsis of all panel variables and variables that are only included in one wave. The codebooks are ceased now. You will find them as FDZ Datenreport for the waves 1993-2005.

Data Access

The IAB Establishment Panel is available via the following ways of access:

Test data

Test data of the IAB Establishment Panel are intended to enable you to write and test evaluation programs. The test data are generated by means of sampling and disassociation of the original data. They are not eligible for analysis.

The test data include all variables of the original data with the same variable name, variable label and value label. Variables which are particulary sensitive in compliance with the current data protection legislation are included in the test data, but only by request in the original data. It is possible to generate a panel over all waves with coherence of characteristics over time.

Other working tools

  • FDZ Methodenreport 1/2008: Das IAB-Betriebspanel – von der Stichprobe über die Erhebung bis zur Hochrechnung [The IAB Establishment Panel - Sample, Survey and Weighting]:
    The FDZ Methodenreport 1/2008 discusses methodological aspects of the IAB Establishment Panel. Primarily, it is meant to facilitate first-time analysis of the dataset. Also, the article may be used as a reference for methodological issues related to the  IAB Establishment Panel.
    A brief description ca be found in Schmollers Jahrbuch 2009.
  • The IAB Establishment Panel - methodological essentials and data quality:
    Ellguth et al. (2013) provide information about methodological issues of sample design and data sampling as well as changes that have taken place in recent years.
  • Comparing survey data with an official administrative population: Assessing sample-selectivity in the IAB Establishment Panel
    Bossler et al. (2017) analyze the selectivity of the IAB Establishment Panel compared with the administrative population of all establishments in Germany.
  • English Labels:
    The IAB Establishment Panel is available with English lables. Stata user can get access to the labels by using the command 'label language en'
  • Generation of a panel dataset:
    We provide Stata program files to generate a panel for selected variables for waves 1993 to 2014. The panel generation is described in 
    FDZ Datenreport 2/2006.
    Attention: The programs include a filter for cross-sectional analyses. For longitudinal analyses please remove this filter. This working tool has not been updated. We are working on a revised Version.
  • Additional variables from the Establishment-History-Panel (BHP):
    Selected establishment characteristics from the Establishment History Panel (BHP) as well as BHP extension files can be merged to the IAB Establishment Panel after conformation of the request form. The variables of the BHP are listed in the document list of BHP variables. Information on the merging can be found here.

    Remarks on consistent industry classification:
    Please note, the stratification matrix in the IAB establishment panel varies over time. Each change marks the start of a new longitudinal period. Longitudinal results that are based on more than one period might not be representative.

    The consistent industry classification is based on Müller (2017).
  • Exemplary syntax for Stata:
    Data editing and calculation features that can be carried out with the IAB Establishment Panel are demonstrated in a couple of example programs in Stata which may be copied directly from this PDF. The document contains both the actual programs and detailed comments on the analyses conducted.
  • Notes on variables:
    Trust-based working time agreements (variable n26b, wave 2006)
    Working time accounts (Variables: 2009 (question 30), 2010 (question 73), 2011 (question 61), 2012 (question 56), 2013 (question 80), 2014 (question 51), 2015 (question 51), 2016 (question 67))
    Existence of opening clauses in industry-wide collective wage agreements in waves 2005 (question 55), 2007 (question 84) and 2011 (question 55)
    Recruitment of staff for qualified and menial jobs (variable u36, u38, wave 2013)

Further working tools as the overview on classifications of economic activities, a list of BHP variables and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.

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Corrections to IAB Establishment Panel

The German variable labels in wave 2015 were missing. We corrected the data sets. To get the updated version IABBP_9315_v2 please write an email to FDZ (iab.fdz@iab.de). The update also affects LIAB and LPP data products.

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