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SOEP-RV: Linking German Socio-Economic Panel Data to Pension Records

SOEPpapers 1137, 39 S.

Carsten Schröder


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Forthcoming in: Journal of Economics and Statistics (2021)


The aim of the project SOEP-RV is to link data from participants in the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) survey to their individual Deutsche Rentenversicherung (German Pension Insurance) records. For all SOEP respondents who give explicit consent to record linkage, SOEP-RV creates a linked dataset that combines the comprehensive multi-topic SOEP data with detailed cross-sectional and longitudinal data on social security pension records covering the individual’s entire insurance history. This article provides an overview of the record linkage project, highlights potentials for analysis of the linked data, compares key SOEP and pension insurance variables, and suggests a re-weighting procedure that corrects for selectivity. It concludes with details on the process of obtaining the data for scientific use.

Carsten Schröder

Vize-Direktor SOEP und Bereichsleitung Angewandte Panelanalysen in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

JEL-Classification: C89;C18
Keywords: record linkage, SOEP, SOEP-RV, pension records, consent