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You find a list of sources for country reports here.


Below you can find a list of important databases for Microdata divided by region or in alphabetical order.


This page is continually being updated. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to see additional databases included in this survey, please contact our subject librarian.


Region Database Provider
Germany Sozioökonomisches Panel (SOEP)

IAB Survey Data

DIW Berlin

FDZ (Bundesagentur f. Arbeit)

European Social Survey

European Values Study

European Comission

Tilburg University/gesis
Consumer Expenditure Survey

Survey of Consumer Finances

US Dept. of Labor

US Federal Reserve (Board)
LIS Data

Independent Source

Microdata alphabetically

Consumer Expenditure Survey

The U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey contains data on U.S. household spending on goods and services from 2011 onwards. Older data will be posted online incrementally as resources become available. The Survey is prepared for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data is available in the form of SAS, SPSS, STATA and ASCII files.


European Social Survey

The European Social Survey is a biennial 30-country survey of attitudes, beliefs and behaviour coordinated by the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (City University, London) in partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium); GESIS (Germany); NSD (Norway); SCP (Netherlands) and The University of Amsterdam.
The survey consists of a core module and two or more 'rotating' modules - repeated at intervals.

It monitors a wide range of social variables including social and public trust; political interest and participation; socio-political orientations; media use; moral, political and social values; social exclusion, national, ethnic and religious allegiances; well-being, health and security; demographics and socio-economics.
Download of the data is free; individual registration is required. Data is available in SAS, SPSS and STATA format.

European Values Study

The European Values Study is a large-scale, cross-national and longitudinal survey covering attitudes, opinions and values. EVS is produced by Tilburg University and European partners (among them GESIS), using representative national adult population samples and face-to-face interviews. Download of the data is free, but requires individual registration.


IAB Survey Data

The research data center (FDZ) of the German Bureau of Labor is part of the IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung = Institute for research on labor and employment). It offers data on persons, households and firms. The data available provide information on the following topics:

  • The German job market: supply and demand
  • Firm-specific determinants of employment trends
  • Germans’ educational and occupational trajectories
  • Migrants’ educational and occupational trajectories (in Germany)
  • Number of persons according to employment status (employees subject to social insurance contribution; marginally employed persons; persons in receipt of benefit (SGB II/III); persons seeking employment / taking part in an official job creation scheme)
  • Social and economic situation of German households receiving unemployment benefit (ALG II)
  • Biographical data, provided by a selection of German social insurance agencies
  • Wage justice

As most of the data provided here are only partly anonymized, the respective data privacy laws have to be taken into account. Access to the data requires either a personal visit to the FDZ or request of permission (by mail). Remote access is possible via the use of Scientific Use Files. For further information, see here.

LIS Data

The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Cross-National Data Center provides international micro data on income, inequality, employment and expenditure at individual and household levels. There are two major series:

  • The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) is a comparative database of income, labour and demographic variables for 36 countries worldwide.
  • The Luxembourg Wealth Survey (LWS) provides data for 12 countries: Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Data retrieval requires download of a special software (“LISSY”) and individual registration.


Sozioökonomisches Panel (SOEP)

The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) is a wide-ranging representative longitudinal study of private households, conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin.
The data provide information on household income, employment, health and education. SOEP data are disseminated in several formats on one DVD, accompanied by extensive documentation, both as raw data and in SAS, STATA and SPSS formats. Individual registration is required.

Survey of Consumer Finances

The Survey of Consumer Finances contains data on family balance sheets, pensions, income and the demographic characteristics of American households. The survey - undertaken every three years by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board - also provides observations on household relations with financial institutions. Data is available in the form of Excel, PDF, SAS, STATA and ASCII files.

The latest release covers data to 2013. The FRB explains that “the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is normally a triennial cross-sectional survey of U.S. families, but over the 1983-1989 and 2007-2009 periods, the survey collected panel data”. The survey data include information on families’ balance sheets, pensions, income, and demographic characteristics. Information is also included from related surveys of pension providers and the earlier such surveys conducted by the Federal Reserve Board.