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Establishment History Panel (BHP)  – Version 7517 v1

DOI: 10.5164/


Data source:

The Establishment History Panel (BHP) is composed of cross sectional datasets since 1975 for West Germany and 1992 for East Germany. Every cross section contains all the establishments in Germany which are covered by the IAB Employment History (BeH) on June 30th. These are all establishments with at least one employee liable to social security on the reference date. Establishments with no employee liable to social security but with at least one marginal part-time employee are included since 1999. The cross sections can be combined to form a panel.


The BHP contains information about the branch of industry and the location of an establishment. Furthermore, it reports the numbers of employees liable to social security and marginal part-time employees, both in total and broken down by gender, age, occupational status, qualification and nationality. Means and medians of wages for full-time employees are given, too. Additional datasets providing information about (gross) worker flows and about foundations and closures of establishments are available on request.

Dataset Descriptions and Frequencies


Data Access

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

  • On-site use at the FDZ. Further information on Applying for on-site use.
  • Remote data Access. Further information on Applying for remote data access.

Test data

Test data of the BHP 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 but without coherence of characteristics over time.

Other working tools

A short description of the version BHP 7514 can be found in FDZ-Methodenreport 03/2017 or in ‘Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik’, Vol. 237, No. 6.

Further working tools as the overview on classifications of economic activities, a list of upper earnings limits and marginal part-time income thresholds and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.


Researchers working with the BHP 7517 are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


Ganzer, Andreas; Schmucker, Alexandra; Stegmaier, Jens; Wolter, Stefanie (2018): "Establishment History Panel (BHP)  – Version 7517 v1". Research Data Centre of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). DOI: 10.5164/
The data access was provided via on-site use at the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and/or remote data execution.

Data documentation:
  • Alexandra Schmucker, Andreas Ganzer, Jens Stegmaier, Stefanie Wolter (2018): Betriebs-Historik-Panel 1975-2017. FDZ-Datenreport, 09/2018 (de), Nürnberg.
    DOI: 10.5164/
  • Alexandra Schmucker, Andreas Ganzer, Jens Stegmaier, Stefanie Wolter (2018): Establishment History Panel 1975-2017. FDZ-Datenreport, 09/2018 (en), Nuremberg.
    DOI: 10.5164/IAB.FDZD.1809.en.v1

According to the FDZ Data Usage Agreement, any type of publication resulting from work with FDZ data must be reported to the FDZ by e-mail to at the latest one month after publication. The notification must include an electronic version of the printed version or, after publication, a reprint or a copy of the publication free of charge.

Data Versions

>> Further information on other versions of the BHP dataset.