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National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), Starting Cohort 6 (SC6) survey data linked to administrative data of the IAB (NEPS-SC6-ADIAB)

DOI: 10.5164/


The data product NEPS-SC6-ADIAB is provided cooperatively by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories e.V. (LIfBi), Bamberg. NEPS-SC6-ADIAB consists of the survey and test data of Starting Cohort 6 - Adults "Adult Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and the administrative data of the IAB. The sample of this Starting Cohort includes persons of working age (born 1956 to 1986) living in Germany who were recruited for the ALWA study of the IAB, a refresher sample of these birth cohorts for the NEPS and an augmentation sample from birth cohorts between 1944 and 1955. The data collection from the second wave (2009/2010) onwards took place on a yearly basis. In general, NEPS aims to study educational trajectories in different contexts as well as the development of competencies over the individual life course. For this, data are collected on competence development, educational processes and educational decisions as well as on educational returns. In addition, NEPS asks a broad range of questions, especially on numerous biographical and socio-demographic characteristics.

The NEPS-SC6-ADIAB can be used to investigate research questions that, for instance, require highly accurate income data over the life course. Furthermore, the enrichment of NEPS-SC6 data results in an extension of the observation period as the administrative data of the IAB date back to 1975.

Dataset Descriptions, Questionnaires and Frequencies

Detailed information on NEPS-SC6-ADIAB is provided by FDZ-Datenreport 02/2018. Information on the National Educational Panel Study and its Starting Cohort 6 are available on the NEPS website.


Data Access

  • On-site Use and Remote Data Access. Further information on Applying for on-site use.

Request for data access for NEPS-SC6-ADIAB

  1. Application
    In order to submit an application for access to the weakly anonymized data in the FDZ, please fill in the "application for onsite-use" and send the Word document to Please note that your application can only be processed as a Word document. The information sheet on the application contains detailed explanations of all required information. The application is reviewed by the FDZ for compliance with the conditions under §75 SGB X, and approval is subsequently obtained from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
  2. NEPS data use agreement
    Following the approval of the application at the IAB, the conclusion of a NEPS data use agreement with the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories e. V. (LIfBi) is necessary. Please make sure that the applicant, project title, abstract and project duration are identical to the details of your approved application of the FDZ at the IAB.
  3. Final contract
    As soon as there is a valid NEPS data use agreement and a final comparison of the details is finished, a contract between your institution and the FDZ of the IAB is issued that will entitle you to use the requested data via on-site use and subsequent remote data access.

Currently, the term of the joint data product NEPS-SC6-ADIAB is limited. The end date for data use agreements may therefore not exceed 31.12.2022.

Test Data

Usually test data are available that allow for the preparation of programs to facilitate remote data access as well as on-site use. So far there are no test data available for NEPS-SC6-ADIAB. We recommend that you make use of the download-version of NEPS-SC6 in order to prepare the analysis of the survey data. Using these data does not require on-site use or remote data access. For preliminary consultation of the NEPS-SC6 data, semantic data structure files are also available, which are also accessible without a NEPS data use agreement.

Furthermore we recommend you make use of the test data for the Sample of Integrated Labour Market Biographies (SIAB) in order to prepare your analyses of the administrative data. Although these data are based on a different sample, they contain the same variables.

Other Working Tools

Further working tools as a list of BHP variables, the standards for the citation of data and data documentation and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.

Detailed information on NEPS data can be found on the NEPS website, including the Data Manual, the Release Notes, Survey Instruments and Codebooks, the Field Reports, as well as documents on samples, weights and a merging-matrix. In addition, the NEPSplorer and the NEPS-Forum support the work with the data.