Stefan Bender, the
head of the research center of the German BLS-equivalent (IAB
– Institut fuer Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung), recently
visited the Department of Economics and
research opportunities using German data.
are mostly, but not limited to, high quality administrative
data (plus some surveys), mostly at the firm or
establishment level, but also matched employer-employee
data. The German statistical institutions (in particular the
IAB) are eager for international researchers to use their
data, so they will be very accommodating (there will not be
language problems with staff or documentation, either).
During his presentation, Stefan stated that there are almost
no administrative hassles involved (other than signing a
simple confidentiality form) and that there are even grants
out there for interesting research projects that would cover
your stay at the data sites.
German Data Presentation:
to Microdata: The German Experience and the RDC of the BA in
following links provide additional information on the RDCs
and available data:
Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment
Research Data Centres of the Federal Statistical Office: http://www.forschungsdatenzentrum.de/en/