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The challenges of linking survey and administrative data

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  • Steffen Künn

    (Maastricht University, Netherlands, and IZA, Germany)

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Using administrative records data and survey data to enhance each other offers huge potential for scientific and policy-related research. Two recent changes have expanded the potential for creating such linked data: the improved availability of data sources and progress in data-matching technology. These developments are reflected, among other ways, in the growing number of academic papers in labor economics that use linked survey and administrative data. While the number of studies using linked data is still small, the trend is clearly upward. Slowing the growth, however, are concerns about data security and privacy, which impede data access.

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  • Steffen Künn, 2015. "The challenges of linking survey and administrative data," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 214-214, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2015:n:214
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    Keywords

    record linkage; administrative records; survey data;

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    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs

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