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Sample of Integrated Labour Market Biographies (SIAB)

The Sample of Integrated Labour Market Biographies (SIAB) is a 2 percent random sample drawn from the Integrated Employment Biographies (IEB) of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). The IEB make it possible to track the employment status of a person exact to the day. The IEB consist of all individuals in Germany, which are characterized by at least one of the following employment status: employment subject to social security (in the data since 1975), marginal part-time employment (in the data since 1999), benefit receipt according to the German Social Code III or II (SGB III since 1975, SGB II since 2005), officially registered as job-seeking at the German Federal Employment Agency or (planned) participation in programs of active labour market policies (in the data since 2000). These data, which come from different sources, are merged in the IEB.

Information on the different versions of the SIAB data

The Sample of Integrated Labour Market Biographies is available in two different versions:

  • weakly anonymous version
  • factually anonymous version

The substantial difference between both versions of the SIAB is that some information in the scientific use file had to be removed to achieve a higher degree of (factual) anonymization, i.e. some variables are left out and other variables (e.g. regions, occupations, industry codes) are less detailed.

The weakly anonymous data set may only be used during research visits (included remote data access). The factually anonymous data set can be downloaded by the applying institutions as a Scientific Use File (SUF).

Dataset Descriptions and Frequencies

 Version      

 FDZ Datenreport   

 Frequencies and Labels   

weakly anonymous version
SIAB 7514
 FDZ-Datenreport 04/2016 (de)
 FDZ-Datenreport 04/2016 (en)
 Auszählungen und Labels (de)
 Frequencies and labels (en)
factually anonymous version
SIAB Regional File 7514
 FDZ-Datenreport 01/2017 (de)
 FDZ-Datenreport 01/2017 (en)
 Auszählungen und Labels (de)
 Frequencies and labels (en)

Data Access

The Sample of integrated labour market biographies is available via the following ways of access:

 Weakly anonymous version
Factually anonymous version
SIAB Campus File

Test Data of the weakly anonymous version

Test data in Stata are available in order to allow for the preparation of programs to facilitate remote data access as well as on-site use:

Test data for STATA: Test data for Stata (6 MB)

TEST DATA ARE RANDOM AND THEREFORE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANALYSIS!

Particularities associated with the use of test data are described in the respective working tool.

Other Working Tools

Further working tools as the overview on classifications of economic activities, a list of upper earnings limits and marginal part-time income thresholds, 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.

>> Further information on older versions of the SIAB datasets (Old versions are only available for replication studies and only in justified exceptional cases for new Projects).

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