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Inventor biography data linked to administrative data of the IAB (INV-BIO ADIAB)

DOI: 10.5164/


In the knowledge economy, the production of knowledge and innovation play a key role for economic growth, development and technological progress. Empirical research on the knowledge economy traditionally exploits patent register data to study socio economic processes and the behavior of the actors that are involved in the innovation process. However, information in patent registers on the key individuals whose ideas, (vocational) training and behavior in the context of their firms and regional labor markets actually lead to successful inventions is limited.

The linked inventor biography data (INV-BIO ADIAB 8014*) of the Institute for Employment Research and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition address this research and data gap by exploiting the synergies between patent data and labor market biography data that are used in labor studies.

Linked at the person level, the INV-BIO ADIAB data comprise about 150,000 inventors in Germany with daily information on their employment careers drawn from IAB data sources and detailed patent track records for inventions registered at the European Patent Office or the German Patent and Trademark Office, respectively. All inventors recorded in the INV-BIO ADIAB data filed at least one patent with the European Patent Office between 1999 and 2011 and were identified in the administrative labor market data of the IAB as employees and disambiguated using a combination of record linkage and machine learning methods.

The INV-BIO ADIAB data enable novel empirical research on the inventive activities of individuals in the German labor market and immediate economic environment in which inventions occur.

*The generation of this data set was financially supported by the DFG (project no. 329144242).

Dataset Descriptions and Frequencies

Detailed information on INV-BIO ADIAB 8014 is provided by FDZ-Datenreport 03/2018.


Data Access

  • On-site use and subsequent remote data access. Further information on applying for on-site use.

Other Working Tools

Further working tools such as a list of BHP variables, the standards for the citation of data and data documentation and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.

The FDZ recommends using the testdata provided as supplement to the Sample of the Integrated Labor Market Biographies (SIAB) to prepare statistical code. You can download the testdata here.


Researchers working with the INV-BIO ADIAB 8014 are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


This study is based on the linked inventor biography data (INV-BIO ADIAB 8014), DOI: 10.5164/ These data were accessed on-site at the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research and/or via (subsequent) remote data access.

Data documentation:
  • Dorner, Matthias; Harhoff, Dietmar; Gäßler, Fabian; Hoisl, Karin; Poege, Felix; (2019): Linked Inventor Biography Data 1980-2014 (INV-BIO-ADIAB 8014). FDZ Datenreport 03/2018, Nuremberg. DOI: 10.5164/IAB.FDZD.1803.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.