The Research Data Centre of the German Pension Insurance (FDZ-RV)
Intention and challenge
The Research Data Centre (FDZ-RV) was set-up in 2004 as an integral part of the German Federal Pension Insurance (Deutsche Rentenversicherung). Since then, the Research Data Centre produced several cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets, also called Scientific Use Files (SUF), available to researchers interested in issues of retirement, disability and rehabilitation. The datasets are released on an annual basis.
The Scientific Use Files are subsamples drawn from the pool of individuals who are insured in the Federal Pension Insurance. The information provided in the original datasets is necessary to administer the beneficiaries of the pension insurance.
International Data Access
Data from the Research Data Centre of the German Pension Insurance is also available for researchers outside of Germany. The terms and rules for the use of the data are the same as for German researchers. Researchers are required to send a description of their research project and need to prove that a password-protected workplace in an academic institution will be provided.
The access to microdata for Scientific Use (SUF) has to be applied for. For this, you fill out the application form. The following information is necessary for the application for access:
- Name and address of the applying scientific institution
- Name and contact data of all data users
- Requested Scientific Use Files
- If a third party is giving financial support: name of the third party
- If data is to be merged: detailed description of the procedure
Letzte Änderung: 21.5.2019