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Record linkage between Socio-Economic Panel and administrative pension data — a combined dataset for life course research (SOEP-RV)

Current Project

Project Management

Holger Lüthen

Project Period

March 1, 2018 - October 31, 2021

Funded by

Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung

In Cooperation With

Research Data Centre of the German Pension Insurance (FDZ-RV)

In cooperation with the Research Data Center of the German Pension Insurance (FDZ-RV), we implement a record linkage of SOEP household survey data with administrative individual employment/retirement biographies, which are available on a monthly basis for employees since age 14.


By combining the two data sources, we complete SOEP’s biographical data and, at the same time, enrich the individual insurance biographies with numerous SOEP household- and individual-level context variables. The record-linked data, called SOEP-RV, will be provided to researchers for local use at their own computer. We expect the data to become a leading dataset for empirical research on households’ life-cycles, employment and retirement decisions and earnings and pension distributions.