German Administrative Data Project

Current COVID-19 IAB Access Guidelines

As of August 30, 2021, the IAB Data Center will be open to all authorized users in accordance with current University COVID guidelines and policies. Since the University updates its policies in response to changing state regulations and other factors, please check back to this page for the latest access procedures.

For all users -  requirements and information as of March 25, 2022

  1. All individuals must be fully vaccinated in order to visit campus buildings
  2. Masks are not required in the public areas of the Section or while working in the Data Center. Visitors may mask according to their own preferences.
  3. The Data Center is located in the Industrial Relations Section on the second floor of the Louis A. Simpson building, 20 Washington Road, and is open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4:30 pm. 

Procedures for Princeton-based researchers

Princeton-based researchers must be compliant with current asymptomatic testing requirements. 

Once your project has both Princeton IRB and IAB approval, you may reserve the IAB Data Center room by clicking the scheduling calendar. We will go over new details regarding access when you arrive. 

Procedures for researchers from outside Princeton

  1. Email your appointment request to Eugenia Moore, including specific dates and time of your prospective visit. 
  2. You will receive a Sponsored Visitor Request Form. Complete Section 2 of the form to attest that you are fully vaccinated and email it back to Eugenia Moore.
  3. Once your visit is approved, we will send you an appointment confirmation with specific details regarding access. 
  4. Prior to your first visit, please print out and sign the Princeton IAB confidentiality agreement and bring this with you to the IR Section.

General information

The Research Data Center (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) in the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) facilitates access to micro data on the labor market for non-commercial empirical research. Originally located at the Institute of Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany, an additional access point for FDZ data has been opened in the Industrial Relations Section (IR Section) located in the Louis A. Simpson building at Princeton University.

The FDZ data on individuals, households and establishments derives from several sources. Administrative data are obtained from the notification process of the social security system and the internal procedures of the Federal Employment Agency. The data contains daily information on the employment and unemployment history of individuals, occupations, education, wages, benefits, job search activities and participation in training programs covered by the German social security system. These records are available for every employee participating in the German social security system since 1975 and cover about 80% of the German population. The IAB also conducts its own surveys of households and firms. The data include establishment-level survey and administrative data on German employers and linked-employer-employee data. The administrative and survey data can be analyzed separately, but all IAB surveys can also be linked to the respondent administrative records.

For more information, please see a presentation given by Joerg Heining, researcher at the FDZ or review the most recent update of the FDZ newsletter.

The day-to-day administrators of the data center are Eugenia Moore and Valerie Ching.

Only users who have completed the application process and have been approved may use the Data Center. The approval process includes obtaining Princeton IRB approval by sending a synopsis of your research to Chad Pettengill, IRB Assistant Director,  chadp@exchange.Princeton.EDUYou will need this approval even if your project was approved by the IRB at your home institution.

Princeton-based researchers: please work with your ORPA grants manager as you prepare your application and in order to obtain a Princeton institution signature on data use agreements and amendments.

The Center is located in the Industrial Relations Section on the second floor of the Louis A. Simpson building, 20 Washington Road, and is open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4:30 pm.

Please contact Eugenia Moore with any questions.