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BA Employment Panel: Outline of the Scientific Use File

Content characteristics

Methodological characteristics

Data Access

The detailed dataset description is available under "working tools".

Content characteristics

Categories Descriptions
Topics Individual characteristics: gender, age, nationality, general school education, vocational qualification, occupational status (including full or part-time employment), statutory pension insurance body, wage subject to social security, type of notification, personal classification in compliance with the regulations of the German state pension scheme (VDR), pension contribution classification number, change of employer, employment and training scheme, unemployment, receipt of unemployment benefit, transition zone characteristic, secondary job
Establishment characteristics: establishment size, industry, region, percentage of women in employment, share of employees by age, share of German employees, share of part-time employees, share of employees by educational qualification, share of apprentices, share of blue-collar workers, share of skilled workers, share of white-collar workers, share of white-collar/ blue-collar workers' pension insurance, share of marginal part-time worker
Data unit Employees covered by social security (including marginal employment since 1999)
Number of cases

between approx. 517,000 and 621,000 per quarter

Period covered 1998 to 2007
Time reference March 31th, June 30th, September 30th, December 31th
Regional structure Place of work: East/West Germany
Regional status quo per defined reference date

Methodological characteristics

Categories Descriptions
Method of data collection 1.92% random sample drawn from the quarterly employment statistics of the Federal Employment Agency
Institutions involved Social security agencies, Federal Employment Agency
Frequency of data collection Permanent
File format and size SPSS, SAS, ASCII, Stata (3,8 GB for 40 waves)

Data Access

Categories Descriptions
Data access Scientific Use File
Degree of anonymisation factually anonymous
Sensitive variables none

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