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IAB Employment Samples: Outline of the Regional File 1975 - 1997

Content characteristics

Methodological characteristics

Data access

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

Content characteristics

Categories Descriptions

Socio-demographic characteristics:
Individual ID, gender, year of birth, marital status, number of children, nationality (for West Germany only), school education and professional qualifications
Employment-related characteristics:
Information on employment:
Including start and end date of employment, gross earnings subject to social security, profession (117 aggregated files), occupational status (including full or part-time employment), reason for employment notification (e.g. end of or break in employment)
Information on establishment:
Establishment counter (for identification of establishment changes), industry (13 classes), establishment location (348 regions as defined by the 'Mikrozensus'*)
Benefit-related characteristics:
Start and end date of benefit receipt period, type of benefit (unemployment benefit, unemployment assistance or maintenance allowance), reason for termination of benefit payments

Data unit Employees covered by social security, benefit recipients
Number of cases 588,827 individuals
Period covered West: 01/01/1975 – 31/12/1997
East: 01/01/1992 – 31/12/1997
Time reference employment biographies on on a day-to-day basis
Regional structure Place of work: West/East Germany, federal states (Bundeslaender), 348 regions as defined per 'Mikrozensus' on the basis of the district code number

* The 'Mikrozensus' is an official statistical survey in Germany organized and conducted by the Federal Statistical Office.

Methodological characteristics

Categories Descriptions
Method of data collection 1 % random sample taken from the Employment History of the IAB, straified according to Germans and non-Germans and East and West Germany
Institutions involved Social security agencies, Federal Employment Agency
Frequency of data collection Permanent
File format and size ASCII files(525 MB)
File architecture

REG7597.DAT (data file)
REG7597.VAR (variable description file for the 'TDA' statistics program)

Data access

Categories Descriptions
Data access Scientific use file
Degree of anonymisation factually anonymous
Sensitive variables None

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