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Panel „Establishments in the Covid-19 Crisis” (IAB BeCovid) – Welle 01-09

DOI: 10.5164/


The panel "Establishments in the Covid-19 Crisis" is a high-frequency representative establishment survey on labour market and human resources issues during the Corona pandemic. A total of 20 individual waves will be collected for the period 08/03/2020 - 12/31/2021. The panel provides a data set designed to trace the rapid evolution of the Covid-19 crisis.

As of 05/21/2021, the first nine waves are available. Newly collected waves are added at a regular interval.

Dataset Description and List of Variables

The dataset description includes questionnaires and frequency tables.


The list of variables includes a synopsis of all panel variables and variables that are only included in one wave.

Data Access

The panel "Establishments in the Covid-19 Crisis" is available via the following ways of access:

Test data

Test data of the panel "Establishments in the Covid-19 Crisis" are intended to enable you to write and test evaluation programs. The test data are generated by means 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 that are particularly 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 partial coherence of characteristics over tim.

Other working tools

  • English Labels:
    English variable- and value labels are available for the panel „Establishments in the Covid-19 crisis“. In Stata, the English labels can be activated with the command "label language en". 
  • Additional variables from the Establishment-History-Panel (BHP):
    Selected establishment characteristics from the Establishment History Panel (BHP) can be merged to thepanel "Establishments in the Covid-19 Crisis" after conformation of the request form. The variables of the BHP are listed in the document list of BHP variables.

Further working tools and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.


Researchers working with the panel “Establishments in the Covid-19 crisis” are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


This study uses the panel “Establishments in the Covid-19 crisis”, waves 01-09. 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. DOI: 0.5164/

Data documentation:
  • Armin Aminian, Lutz Bellmann, Patrick Gleiser, Christian Kagerl, Eva Kleifgen, Theresa Koch, Corinna König, Ute Leber, Laura Pohlan, Duncan Roth, Malte Schierholz, Jens Stegmaier (2021): Panel „Betriebe in der Covid-19 Krise“ – 20/21. Eine Längsschnittstudie in deutschen Betrieben – Welle 1 - 9. FDZ Datenreport, 02/2021 (de), Nürnberg. DOI:10.5164/

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

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