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FDZ Newsletter 9/2017, 22 December 2017

FDZ Newsletter 9/2017, 22 December 2017

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CONTENTS:

1. Loss of social security notifications/new schedule for BHP/SIAB/LIAB

2. IAB Establishment Panel: Wave 2016 of the IAB Establishment Panel is now available

3. FDZ Methodenreport 10/2017 'Identifying bankruptcies in German social security data' by Daniel Fackler, Eva Hank, Steffen Mueller and Jens Stegmaier is now available

4. FDZ Methodenreport 13/2017 'Identifying mothers in administrative data' by Dana Mueller and Katharina Strauch is now available

5. Reminder: Closing our location in Bremen

6. Reporting employees who left the institution

7. The FDZ is closed from 22 December 2017 until 5 January 2018

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1. Loss of social security notifications/new schedule for BHP/SIAB/LIAB

We initially planned to update our administrative data products BHP, SIAB and LIAB starting winter 2017. For you, that would mean that you could soon have worked with the new data, now spanning the period until 2016. Unfortunately, in 2016, a serious data processing error occurred at the Federal Employment Agency that led to a loss of social security notifications, with estimates ranging between 750 thousand and one million employment spells. The data loss mainly affects employment notifications for 2015, a smaller fraction of employment spells for 2016 might be affected, too. Quality checks suggest that the data loss is systematic, with some regions and some industries being more strongly affected than others. As a result, empirical analyses based on the incomplete data might lead to biases and, in the worst case, erroneous conclusions. While we think that some missing information could be imputed by researchers at least partially, we still believe that it is too risky to build our standardized data products based on the source data in their present form.

Fortunately, there is a solution to the data problem, and the Federal Employment Agency is working hard to restore the lost data. After the update of the source data, we expect the data problem to be solved completely. We therefore decided to postpone the updates of our FDZ data products until the correction of the relevant data sources is complete. We will be able to add the data for 2017 to the new versions. Our new planned publication timeline is the following:

BHP 7516: 2018, 2nd quarter BHP 7517: 2018, 4th quarter SIAB 7517: 2019, 1st quarter LIAB 7517: 2019, 2nd quarter

We are sorry for any delays this might mean for your project schedule. Thank you very much for your understanding!

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2. IAB Establishment Panel: Wave 2016 of the IAB Establishment Panel is now available

The new wave 2016 of the IAB Establishment Panel (IAB-Betriebspanel) is now available.

The new version also involves an update of the waves 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, providing corrected assignment of the value 'no' to the following variables: 2000: h73 h74 h75a h75b h75c 2001: i89 i90 i91a i91b i91c 2002: j86a j86b j86c 2003: k87 k88a k88b k88c 2004: l94a l94b l94c This update will be provided only if wave 2016 is requested.

If you want to update your project, please send us an e-mail (iab.fdz@iab.de)

For further information please visit our website: http://fdz.iab.de/en/FDZ_Establishment_Data/IAB_Establishment_Panel.aspx

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3. FDZ Methodenreport 10/2017 'Identifying bankruptcies in German social security data' by Daniel Fackler, Eva Hank, Steffen Mueller and Jens Stegmaier is now available

Many empirical studies about firm exits point out that it is important to distinguish between different types of closures, e.g., voluntary and involuntary liquidations. This report describes how exits due to bankruptcies can be identified in the German Establishment History Panel (BHP). In contrast to other closures, bankruptcies can be unambiguously regarded as indication for economic failure and can therefore be interpreted as involuntary exits.

Download FDZ Methodenreport 10/2017: http://doku.iab.de/fdz/reporte/2017/MR_10-17_EN.pdf

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4. FDZ Methodenreport 13/2017 'Identifying mothers in administrative data' by Dana Mueller and Katharina Strauch is now available

Administrative data of the Federal Employment Agency provide an important data base for labour market research. However, the Federal Employment Agency’s tasks define what kind of information is recorded. Therefore, some information is missing that is relevant for various research purposes. One example is information on childbirth, which is necessary to analyse female employment biographies. In this FDZ-Methodenreport we present one way to identify family- related breaks using indirect identifiers in the administrative data. We use official statistics on births to validate our identification strategy. We make our program code available as an appendix for the research community. Download FDZ Methodenreport 13/2017: http://doku.iab.de/fdz/reporte/2017/MR_13-17_EN.pdf

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5. Reminder: Closing our location in Bremen

Our location in Bremen will be closed at the end of the year 2017 due to very low numbers of visiting researchers. In the future please visit one of our other locations in Germany and abroad: http://fdz.iab.de/en/FDZ_Data_Access/FDZ_On-Site_Use/Standorte.aspx

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6. Reporting employees who left the institution

We want to remind you that with the implementation of the JoSuA use agreements and according to section 6 III of your use agreement, you have a reporting obligation for employees leaving your institution or if you yourself change employers. Please immediately inform the FDZ about the exit of employees from your institution by e-mail.

This reporting obligation is necessary to ensure data security. Users are only allowed to analyze our data with a valid use agreement. If you leave the institution with which the contract was agreed upon, you are no longer allowed to access the data. Nevertheless, it is possible that your new institution signs a use agreement with us so that you can continue working on your projects.

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7. The FDZ is closed from 22 December 2017 until 5 January 2018

During the Christmas break, on-site access at both the Nuremberg site and at the remote centers will not be available. This also applies to remote execution services. However, the internal use mode of JoSuA will be active. Advisory services will be limited.

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This newsletter is edited by: The Research Data Centre of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research Regensburger Strasse 100 D-90478 Nuremberg Editor: Dagmar Theune Phone: +49 (911) 179 1752 Fax: +49 (911) 179 1728 E-Mail: iab.fdz-newsletter@iab.de Internet: http://fdz.iab.de/

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