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KombiFiD – Combined Firm Data for Germany

Presenter 1
Tanja Hethey
Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research
Presenter 2
Anja Spengler
Research Data Centre of the German Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research

In Germany, process-generated data and survey data on firms are collected by different data producers. Each data producer provides access for researchers to its data, but the combination of datasets from different producers is not possible at the moment. The KombiFiD project aims to overcome this limitation: firm data collected by the German Statistical Offices, the German Central Bank and the Federal Employment Agency will be merged for the first time. Our goals are twofold: to gauge the possibilities of merging selected datasets beyond the limits of individual labour market data producers, and to provide combined datasets to science, thereby creating new research opportunities. Our presentation outlines the status quo of the project. We describe the datasets selected for merging and explain potential merging problems. Moreover we address research questions which can be analyzed for the first time with the unique new data. Amongst others, this is the possibility to monitor the history of businesses on the basis of their combined single units.

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