IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset
Data Set Description
The IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset 1993-2010 was created in the context of the research project trying to obtain reliable estimates for the impact of active labor market policies (ALMP) and understand why and how programs work or not.In cooperation with the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg (IAB), an extensive data base for analysing the effectiveness of active labour market policy measures was compiled.
From the Integrated Employment Biographies (IEB) of the IAB, which comprise administrative individual-level data about benefits received, job search and participation in measures from the operational business of the Federal Employment Agency, a random sample of persons who entered unemployment between January 2001 and December 2008 was taken. For selected persons with entries in unemployment between June 2007 and May 2008, an additional telephone interview was carried out on behalf of IZA. In total, about 17,400 people were interviewed. These persons were asked for their consent to link the survey data with the information available at the IAB: 15,274 persons gave their consent and finally the data of 15,173 individuals could be matched.
Hence the administrative data have been reshaped so that information on the period before unemployment is provided on a yearly basis and information on the period after entering unemployment on a monthly basis. The variables concerning the participation in active labour market programmes are reduced as well. Furthermore some variables of the survey data have to be deleted or values have to be pooled into new categories.
The IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset in the factual anonymous version is available as SUF at the FDZ and the IDSC. In order to be able to use the data, it is first necessary to submit an application to the FDZ and the IDSC. The application will be reviewed in the FDZ and the IDSC. When approval has been granted, a data use agreement is concluded with the researcher’s institution. Details on applying for the dataset and possibilities for data processing can be found on the websites of the FDZ and the IDSC.
Scope of Data Set
Time Periods: 1993 - 2010
This study uses the factually anonymous data of the IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset 1993-2010. Data access was provided via a Scientific Use File supplied by the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC).In text and first footnote
Researchers working with the “IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset” are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using this reference.
- Lichter, A., & Schiprowski, A. (2021). Benefit duration, job search behavior and re-employment. Journal of Public Economics, 193, 2021, 104326.
- Lichter, A., & Schiprowski, A. (2020). Benefit Duration, Job Search Behavior and Re-Employment. CESifo Working Paper No. 8194
- Drahs, S., Haywood, L., & Schiprowski, A. (2018). Job Search with Subjective Wage Expectations. DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1725.
- Caliendo, M., Künn, S., & Mahlstedt, R. (2017). The return to labor market mobility: An evaluation of relocation assistance for the unemployed. Journal of Public Economics, 148, 136-151.
- Caliendo, M., Mahlstedt, R., & Mitnik, O. A. (2017). Unobservable, but unimportant? The relevance of usually unobserved variables for the evaluation of labor market policies. Labour Economics, 46, 14-25.
- Eberle, J., Mahlstedt, R. & Schmucker, A. (2017). IZA/IAB Linked evaluation dataset 1993-2010. (FDZ-Datenreport, 02/2017), Nuremberg.
- Caliendo, M., Schmidl, R. & Uhlendorff, A. (2011). Social networks, job search methods and reservation wages: evidence for Germany. International Journal of Manpower. Vol. 32. Issue 7, 796-824.
IZA Discussion Paper(s)
- Numeracy and Unemployment Duration
- Benefit Duration and Job Search Effort: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
- Unobservable, but Unimportant? The Influence of Personality Traits (and Other Usually Unobserved Variables) for the Evaluation of Labor Market Policies
- The Gender Wage Gap: Does a Gender Gap in Reservation Wages Play a Part?
- Social Networks, Job Search Methods and Reservation Wages: Evidence for Germany
- Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed
- Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
- Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research
Longitudinal survey data
This linked dataset was compiled in cooperation with the IAB and is now being offered as a Scientific Use File (SUF) by the Research Data Centers of IZA (IDSC) and IAB (FDZ).
In order to be able to use the data, it is first necessary to submit an application to the FDZ and the IDSC. When approval has been granted, a data use agreement is concluded with the researcher’s institution (not for individual persons).
IZA only provides the survey part of the data set. The second part (administrative data) has to be requested at the FDZ. Due to different legal requirements for data access at IAB and IZA the permission for data access of one of these institutions does not entitle to data access at the other institution by default.
After the two parts of the SUF have been received, researchers are supposed to merge the data on their behalf using an enclosed merge ID in all data files.
Please contact IDSC for further information or access requests.
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