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PASS survey data linked to administrative data of the IAB (PASS-ADIAB)  – Version 7518 v1

DOI: 10.5164/


The Panel Labour Market and Social Security (PASS) is a central dataset for research on the labour market, poverty and means-tested income support in Germany (German Social Code Book II). Established by the IAB in 2007, annual surveys are conducted in households in receipt of Unemployment Benefit II and households registered as residents of Germany. Initially, a personal interview is carried out with the heads of all selected households. Subsequently, all members of the household aged 15 or over are interviewed.
The Panel Study Labour Market and Social Security allows to analyse the dynamic of the receipt of Unemployment Benefit II as well as the effects of receipt of social benefits on the economic and social situation of the affected households and individuals. Furthermore, PASS also offers information beyond its central issues of employment and unemployment, comprising a variety of socio-demographic characteristics and subjective indicators such as contentment, fears and problems or employment orientation

Dataset Descriptions, Questionnaires and Frequencies

A detailed descriptions for each wave are included in the respective FDZ Datenreports. Information on the survey design is available in the FDZ Methodenreports.


Data access

The PASS survey data linked to administrative data of the IAB version 7518 v1 are only available for replication studies via the following ways of access:

  • On-site use at the FDZ
  • Remote data Access

Please contact the FDZ by e-mail if required:

Test Data

Usually test data are available in order to allow for the preparation of programs to facilitate remote data access as well as on-site use. But there are currently no test data available for PASS-ADIAB. We recommend users to apply for the scientific use file PASS in order to prepare the analysis of the survey data. Further information on requesting a SUF.

Furthermore we recommend users to make use of the test data for the Sample of Integrated Labour Market Biographies (SIAB) in order to prepare the analysis of the administrative data. Although these data are based on a different sample, they contain the same variables. To the SIAB test data.

Other working tools  

Further working tools as a list of BHP variables and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.


Researchers working with the PASS-ADIAB version 7518 are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


Dummert, Sandra; Florian Zimmermann; Graf, Tobias; Grießemer, Stephan; Kaimer, Steffen; Köhler, Markus; Lehnert, Claudia; Oertel, Martina; Seysen, Christian (2020): "PASS survey data linked to administrative data of the IAB (PASS-ADIAB)  – Version 7518 v1". Research Data Centre of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). DOI: 10.5164/
The 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 subsequently remote data access.

Data documentation:

Dummert, Sandra; Zimmermann, Florian (2020): PASS-Befragungsdaten verknüpft mit administrativen Daten des IAB. Datensatz Version: PASS-ADIAB 7518. FDZ-Datenreport, 09/2020. 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

>> Further information on other versions of the PASS dataset

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Corrected version of PASS available

Quality control for the panel "Labour Market and Social Security" (PASS) has confirmed suspicions that two interviewers deviated considerably from the standardised interview procedure. After extensive reviews, we have decided to remove all interviews of these two interviewers from wave 13. In addition, all interviews in waves 7-12 conducted by the interviewers in question were also removed retroactively to ensure data quality. In wave 13, 152 personal and 91 household interviews are affected by these deletions. Persons who are no longer included in the survey data were also removed from the PASS-ADIAB 7518 in version 2.
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Error correction

An error has been detected in the labels for the variable 'estatvor' (employment status prior to job search). Please read the following info sheet to learn more and find guidelines to correct the error.