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Bavarian State Office for Statistics Opens Data Research Centre at Ifo Institute

Dec 20, 2013

Centre offers further access to microdata on over 100 official statistics
The presidents of the Ifo Institute and of the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing celebrated the opening of a new branch of the data research centre of the state statistical office at the Ifo Institute on 19 December 2013. The aim of this cooperation is to bundle the competences of both institutions in one location. This will give empirical researchers the opportunity to work at new guest researcher workplaces with microdata from over 100 official statistics. This should make it easier for Ifo researchers in particular to access the comprehensive data offering of the Office for Statistics and Data Processing.

The new branch of the data research centre of the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing will be linked to the Economics & Business Data Center (EBDC), which is run by the Ifo Institute in conjunction with the economics and business administration faculties of the Ludwig Maximilian University. The EBDC is a central point of contact and coordination for scientific data banks on companies and provides researchers with data sets on German companies that can be used for empirical research, including the anonymous survey data of the Ifo Institute and balance sheet data from external data sources. The data research centre of the Offices for Statistics, in which the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing is involved, has the task of facilitating access to official microdata. In addition to a large number of economic and social statistics, such data also includes, for example, statistics from the areas of taxes and finance, as well as education and health. In total the research centre currently offers micro data from over 100 official statistics, which can be used for the purposes of scientific research in compliance with the laws on statistical confidentiality.

Thanks to the cooperation between the Ifo Institute and the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing, all interested researchers can now access (and evaluate for project-specific purposes) both the EBDC’s data on companies and the official microdata of the data research centre of the Länder Offices for Statistics under one roof.

Researchers interested in using official microdata can find contact information on the staff of the data research centre of the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing, as well as information on conditions of use, forms of access and the current data offering at www.statistik.bayern.de/fdz.

Comments by the presidents on the new branch of the data research centre:

Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute:
“I am delighted that the new branch offers guest researchers workplaces at the data research centre of the Länder Offices for Statistics in the Ifo Institute. Access to both Ifo survey data, as well as official microdata, is invaluable to all researchers working empirically.”

Karlheinz Anding, President of the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing:
“The new branch of the data research centre of the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing creates further access to official microdata, in compliance with official data confidentiality laws, of course. For researchers at the Ifo Institute, in particular, this offers more convenient and timely access to the data research centre‘s data offering. The Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data Processing is thus actively contributing to the cooperation between academia and the Offices for Statistics”.

About the Ifo Institute
Information and research is what the Ifo Institute has stood for ever since it was founded in January 1949. The Institute takes the legal form of a registered association and is recognised as a charitable, non-profit organisation. Ifo is one of Europe's leading research institutes and is also the economic research institute most frequently cited in the German media. Thanks to a cooperation agreement, Ifo enjoys close links with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU); and in 2002 it gained the status of an "Institute at the University of Munich". Within the CESifo Group the Ifo Institute cooperates very closely with the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and CESifo GmbH. CESifo is also the brand name used to cover the international activities of the entire group.

About the Bavarian Office for Statistics and Data Processing
The Bavarian Office for Statistics and Data Processing is the central authority for official statistics in Bavaria. In the field of statistics around 360 assignments on state, federal, EU statistics and special statistical assignments are carried out. The ICT/research centre South is a service centre for the use of modern computer and ICT technologies in Bavaria’s state administration. In addition, the Office supports the state election supervisor in the exercise of its functions.

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