IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey
Data Set Description
The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey (IZA ED) was developed in order to obtain reliable longitudinal estimates for the impact of Active Labor Market Policies (ALMP). Moreover, it is suitable for studying the processes of job search and labor market reintegration. The data allow analyzing dynamics with respect to a rich set of individual and labor market characteristics. It covers the initial period of unemployment as well as long-term outcomes, for a total period of up to 3 years after unemployment entry.
A longitudinal questionnaire records monthly labor market activities and their duration in detail for the mentioned period. These activities are, for example, employment, unemployment, ALMP, other training etc. Available information covers employment status, occupation, sector, and related earnings, hours, unemployment benefits or other transfer payments.
A cross-sectional questionnaire contains all basic information including the process of entering into unemployment, and demographics. The entry into unemployment describes detailed job search behavior such as search intensity, search channels and the role of the Employment Agency. Moreover, reservation wages and individual expectations about leaving unemployment or participating in ALMP programs are recorded.
The available demographic information covers employment status, occupation and sector, as well as specifics about citizenship and ethnic background, educational levels, number and age of children, household structure and income, family background, health status, and workplace as well as place of residence regions. The survey provides as well detailed information about the treatment by the unemployment insurance authorities, imposed labor market policies, benefit receipt and sanctions.
The survey focuses additionally on individual characteristics and behavior. Such co-variates of individuals comprise social networks, ethnic and migration background, relations and identity, personality traits, cognitive and non-cognitive skills, life and job satisfaction, risky behavior, attitudes and preferences.
The main advantages of the IZA ED are the large sample size of unemployed individuals, the accuracy of employment histories, the innovative and rich set of individual co-variates and the fact that the survey measures important characteristics shortly after entry into unemployment.
The IZA ED focuses exclusively on entries into unemployment. The survey covers a longitudinal panel of 17,396 individuals who registered as unemployed at the German Federal Employment Agency between May 2007 and May 2008. The sampling of the data is restricted to individuals who are 16 to 54 years old, and who receive or are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
Starting from unemployment entry the individuals were surveyed at least three times: For the first time as closely as possible to the entry point into unemployment, the second time 12 months later and the third time three years (36 months) after entry into unemployment. Additionally, three selected cohorts were interviewed 6 months after entry into unemployment, in order to provide more details about the early stage of the unemployment spell..
From the registered monthly unemployment inflows of about 8 million individuals between June 2007 and May 2008, a subsample of approximately 220,000 individuals has been drawn from the administrative records (3% random sample). Out of this gross sample each month a representative sample of approximately 1,450 individuals is interviewed, so that after one year 12 monthly cohorts are gathered. Altogether, this amounts to a total of 17,396 realized interviews with an average time lag of about two months between the unemployment registration and the interview.
The IZA Evaluation Dataset complemented administrative data of the German Federal Employment Agency with survey data. The administrative data are based on social security records relevant for pension claims and unemployment insurance. The survey data can be merged with administrative information in the cases where the respondents agreed to this. The administrative part of the data is not available with the survey data for external researchers.
-- Patrick Arni, Marco Caliendo, Steffen Künn, Klaus F. Zimmermann (2013). The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey: A Scientific Use File (Link)
-- Patrick Arni, Marco Caliendo, Steffen Künn, Klaus F. Zimmermann (2013). User Manual IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey
-- Marco Caliendo, Armin Falk, Lutz C. Kaiser, Hilmar Schneider, Arne Uhlendorff, Gerard J. van den Berg, Klaus F. Zimmermann (2010). The IZA Evaluation Dataset: Towards Evidence-Based Labor Policy-Making. International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 731-752 --
Scope of Data Set
Time Periods: 2007 - 2011
This study uses the IZA ED Survey as provided by the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). The IZA ED Survey consists of survey information on individuals who entered unemployment between June 2007 and May 2008 in Germany (see Arni, P., M. Caliendo, S. Künn, and K. F. Zimmermann (2014): The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey: A Scientific Use File, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies,3:6.)This citation should be used in text.
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- Rose, D. (2019). The impact of active labour market policies on the well-being of the unemployed. Journal of European Social Policy, 29(3), 396-410.
- Constant, A. F., Krause, A., Rinne, U., & Zimmermann, K. F. (2017). Reservation wages of first-and second-generation migrants. Applied Economics Letters, 24(13), 945-949.
- Arni, P., Caliendo, M., Künn, S. (2014). The IZA evaluation dataset survey: a scientific use file. IZA J Labor Stud 3, 6.
- Caliendo, M., & Lee, W.-S. (2013). Fat Chance! Obesity and the Transition from Unemployment to Employment. Economics and Human Biology, 11 (2), 121-133.
- Krause, A. (2013). Don’t worry, be happy? Happiness and reemployment. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 96, 1-20.
- Caliendo, M., Falk, A., Kaiser, L.C., Schneider, H., Uhlendorff, A., van den Berg, G. & Zimmermann, K.F. (2011). The IZA Evaluation Dataset: towards evidence‐based labor policy making. International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 32 No. 7, pp. 731-752.
- Caliendo, M., Schmidl, R. & Uhlendorff, R. (2011). Social Networks, Job Search Methods and Reservation Wages: Evidence for Germany. International Journal of Manpower, 32 (7), 796-824.
- Caliendo, M. & Uhlendorff, A. (2011). Determinanten des Suchverhaltens von Arbeitslosen: Ausgewählte Erkenntnisse basierend auf dem IZA Evaluationsdatensatz. Journal for Labour Market Research, 44 (1-2), 119-125.
- Constant, A. F., Kahanec, M., Rinne, U., & Zimmermann, K. F. (2011). Ethnicity, job search and labor market reintegration of the unemployed. International Journal of Manpower, 32(7), 753-776.
- Constant, A. F., Krause, A., Rinne, U., & Zimmermann, K. F. (2011). Economic preferences and attitudes of the unemployed: are natives and second generation migrants alike?. International Journal of Manpower, 32(7), 825-851.
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- Van den Berg, G. J., Bergemann, A. H., & Caliendo, M. (2009). The effect of active labor market programs on not-yet treated unemployed individuals. Journal of the European Economic Association, 7(2-3), 606-616.
IZA Discussion Paper(s)
- Home-Ownership, Unemployed's Job Search Behavior and Post-Unemployment Outcomes
- The Gender Wage Gap: Does a Gender Gap in Reservation Wages Play a Part?
- The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey: A Scientific Use File
- Don't Worry, Be Happy? Happiness and Reemployment
- Fat Chance! Obesity and the Transition from Unemployment to Employment
- The Threat Effect of Participation in Active Labor Market Programs on Job Search Behavior of Migrants in Germany
- Reservation Wages of First and Second Generation Migrants
- Economic Preferences and Attitudes of the Unemployed: Are Natives and Second Generation Migrants Alike?
- Determinanten des Suchverhaltens von Arbeitslosen: Ausgewählte Erkenntnisse basierend auf dem IZA Evaluationsdatensatz
- Social Networks, Job Search Methods and Reservation Wages: Evidence for Germany
- Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies
- Benefit Duration, Unemployment Duration and Job Match Quality: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach
- Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed
- The Effect of Active Labor Market Programs on Not-Yet Treated Unemployed Individuals
Longitudinal survey dataSource:
Access to the data is provided to non-for-profit research, replication and teaching purposes. The data is available from the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA.
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