FDZ-IAB Data Access Point

The FDZ-IAB Data Access Point provides direct access to confidential German administrative social security data. We are the first and only facility in Canada to provide the opportunity for on-site use.

These data can only be accessed at selected research centres around the world that meet extremely strict security standards, and is provided and maintained by the research data centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB).

We are part of a small elite group of institutions in North America, that includes Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Michigan, and UCLA, to provide an on-site use access point.

IAB Data

Economics has experienced an empirical revolution over the last decade in terms of empirical methodology and data quality. Large and high quality data sets on individual workers and firms, often collected for administrative purposes, are quickly become the norm for state-of-the-art empirical research in economics.

The FDZ-IAB has been an internationally recognized leader and innovator in the provision of such data sets. It offers a multitude of data products, such as worker-level and firm-level panel data as well as matched employer-employee data. Some of the most influential recent research on income inequality has been based on these data. However, since the data are drawn from individual social security claims and contributions, they are subject to strict confidentiality rules.


Though the VSE is hosting the data access point, it can be used by anyone who has a valid data use contract with the FDZ-IAB, no matter their place of residence or citizenship. Prospective users first need to apply formally for data access through the FDZ-IAB. Rules and regulations are described in detail on their website here: http://fdz.iab.de/en/FDZ_Data_Access.aspx
Access to our data facility is granted only after an application for on-site use data access has been formally approved by the FDZ-IAB.

Note: Only the FDZ-IAB can process and approve applications for on-site use of the IAB data. The VSE merely provides a data access point for those with a valid data use contract.


If you are interested in or plan to use our on-site data access point, please contact Davide Alonzo at break3r@mail.ubc.ca