The IZA Evaluation Dataset: Towards Evidence-Based Labor Policy-Making

32 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2011

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Marco Caliendo

University of Potsdam; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Armin Falk

briq - Institute on Behavior & Inequality

Lutz Kaiser

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Hilmar Schneider

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

The evaluation of labor market policies has become an important issue in many European countries. In recent years, many of them have opened their administrative databases for evaluation studies. The advantages of administrative data are straightforward: they are accurate, contain a large number of observations (in some cases the whole population) and usually cover a long period of time. However, the information contained in administrative data is normally limited to administrative purposes. Therefore, information that might be relevant for economic modeling is often absent. The IZA Evaluation Dataset aims to overcome such limitations for Germany by complementing administrative data from the Federal Employment Agency with innovative survey data. The administrative part of the dataset consists of a large random sample of inflows into unemployment in Germany from 2001 to 2008 and contains around 920,000 individuals. The complementary survey covers a panel of more than 17,000 individuals who entered unemployment between June 2007 and May 2008. They were initially interviewed shortly after becoming unemployed and then again one year later. In addition, a quarter of individuals were interviewed already after six months. The survey data also contain information on search behavior, ethnic and social networks, psychological factors, (non-)cognitive abilities, and attitudes. This paper describes the sampling and contents of the IZA Evaluation Dataset and outlines the future development.

Keywords: evaluation, labor market policies, survey and administrative data, attitudes, behavior, skills

JEL Classification: J68, H43, C81

Suggested Citation

Caliendo, Marco and Falk, Armin and Kaiser, Lutz and Schneider, Hilmar and Uhlendorff, Arne and van den Berg, Gerard J. and Zimmermann, Klaus F., The IZA Evaluation Dataset: Towards Evidence-Based Labor Policy-Making. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5400. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1733725

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Armin Falk

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Lutz Kaiser

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

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Hilmar Schneider

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DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

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Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Gerard J. Van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Klaus F. Zimmermann

Harvard University ( email )

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University of Bonn

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