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The Japanese Longitudinal Survey on Employment and Fertility (LOSEF): Essential Features of the 2011 Internet Version and a Guide to Its Users

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  • Takayama, Noriyuki
  • Inagaki, Seiichi
  • Oshio, Takashi

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The Japanese Longitudinal Survey on Employment and Fertility (LOSEF): the 2011 Internet Version was composed of 3 elements undertaken simultaneously via the Internet: 1) creation of a panel data set from transcription of administrative data (history of pension enrolment, salary history, etc.) contained in Social Security Statements; 2) a retrospective panel survey based on the items contained therein (such as career changes, marriage, childbirth, whether or not residing with parents, etc.); and 3) a survey on many other questions relating to current living and working circumstances. In addition to offering an overview of the 2011 Internet Version, this paper compares its basic figures with those from public statistical surveys, thereby elucidating some characteristics of the survey respondents, such as sample selection bias in this survey. Although some bias toward those with higher educational backgrounds was observed, our study confirmed that this survey represents the collection at a single stroke of almost perfect panel data spanning 45 years at maximum. Acquisition of this sort of long-term, almost flawless panel data is unprecedented in Japan- even worldwide, few such examples exist-making this an extremely rare opportunity.

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  • Takayama, Noriyuki & Inagaki, Seiichi & Oshio, Takashi, 2012. "The Japanese Longitudinal Survey on Employment and Fertility (LOSEF): Essential Features of the 2011 Internet Version and a Guide to Its Users," CIS Discussion paper series 546, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
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    1. Fujii, Mayu & Shiraishi, Kousuke & Takayama, Noriyuki, 2013. "The Determinants and Effects of Early Job Separation in Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 590, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    2. OSHIO Takashi & INAGAKI Seiichi, 2014. "Does Initial Job Status Affect Midlife Outcomes and Mental Health? Evidence from a survey in Japan," Discussion papers 14025, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    3. Oshio, Takashi & Inagaki, Seiichi, 2013. "Does initial job status affect midlife outcomes and mental health? Evidence from a survey in Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 585, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    4. Oshio, Takashi & Umeda, Maki & Fujii, Mayu, 2012. "The association between income dynamics and subjective well-being: Evidence from career income records in Japan," CIS Discussion paper series 564, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    5. Oshio, Takashi & Umeda, Maki & Fujii, Mayu, 2013. "The association of life satisfaction and self-rated health with income dynamics among male employees in Japan," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 143-150.

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