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IAB Employment Samples: Outline of the Weakly anonymous Version 1975 - 2004

Content characteristics

Methodological characteristics

Data access

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

Content characteristics

Categories Descriptions
 Topics Socio-demographic characteristics:
Individual ID, gender, year of birth, age, nationality, marital status, No. of children, school education and professional qualifications, since 1999: Place of residence: district
Employment-related characteristics:
Information on employment:
Including start and end date of employment, type of employment (especially differentiation between employment covered by social security and marginal employment), person group (e.g. employment subject to social security/ marginal part-time employment), gross earnings subject to social security, profession, 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 (3-Digit level WS73, 5-Digit WZ93 since 1999), establishment location district (“Kreise”), Establishment size, Number of employees with/ without voc. training/ university degree, Average daily wage, Year of first and last appearance in the BHP
Benefit-related characteristics:
Start and end date of benefit receipt period, type of benefit, location of responsible employment agency: district, reason for termination of benefit payment
 Data unit Employees covered by social security (including marginal employment since 1999), benefit recipients
 Number of cases 1,360,949 individuals
 Period covered West: 01/01/1975 – 31/12/2004
East: 01/01/1992 – 31/12/2004
 Time reference employment biographies on on a day-to-day basis
 Regional structure Place of residence: West/ East Germany, federal states (Bundeslaender), further varibles see below "sensitive variables"
Place of work:  West/ East Germany, federal states (Bundeslaender), further varibles see below "sensitive variables"
 Territorial allocation 31/12/2005 (for exceptions see FDZ-Datenreport 3/2007)

Methodological characteristics 

Categories Descriptions
 Method of data collection 2 % random sample taken from the Employee and Benefit Recipient 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 Stata (3.7 GB)
 File architecture

IABS-7504.DTA (Stata file)

Data access 

Categories Descriptions
 Data access On-site use and subsequently remote data access
 Degree of anonymisation Weakly anonymous
 Sensitive variables

Place of work: employment agency (Arbeitsagentur), district (Kreis); place of residence: employment agency (Arbeitsagentur), district (Kreis); nationality (non-aggregated); classification of industries WZ93, 5-digit; classification of industries WZ03, 5-digit

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