Milestone for research: Austria sets up long-term household panel for the first time

The Ministry of Science finances the Austrian Socio-Economic Panel with around 5 million euros – the panel is being set up at Statistics Austria.

Vienna (OTS) With the Austrian Socio-Economic Panel (ASEP), the data basis for science in Austria is being further improved. The ASEP is a long-running household panel. Around 5,000 representative selected households in Austria are to be surveyed every year. Using this data, researchers can observe the life course of people in Austria. Topics include family, migration, education and the economic situation in the household. The focus is on a long-term comparative perspective.

Research Minister Polaschek: “With the establishment of the Austrian Socio-Economic Panel, we are creating a data basis for excellent research at an international level as well as for research on evidence-based policy making. We are taking another step so that Austria can catch up internationally in terms of the research, technology and innovation strategy of the federal government in economics and social sciences.”

The ASEP is set up by Statistics Austria, which has decades of experience with panel surveys, scientific survey methods and register data.

Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas: “After the Austrian Microdata Center, the Austrian Socio-Economic Panel is the second research data infrastructure to be set up at Statistics Austria within a short period of time. This makes Statistics Austria a central point of contact for empirical research. Based on the close cooperation with science, Austria as a research location will be significantly strengthened.”

Within the framework of long-term household panels, changes in the status of individuals can be explained in terms of their dependency on previous events, and hypotheses about socio-economic relationships can be checked, such as the influence of educational policy measures or the socio-economic family background on success in the labor market.

The extensive analysis options for research create great potential for excellent scientific publications. In top international journals, publications based on large data sets are becoming increasingly important, which was recently also reflected in the Nobel Prizes for Economics.

Like the international best practice examples from Germany, Switzerland or the USA, the ASEP is designed for the long term. Funding is now available for the start-up phase from 2022-2026.

A scientific advisory board will be set up when funding begins. Its members are Johann Bacher, Professor of Sociology at the JKU Linz, Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Professor of Mathematical Economics at the TU Vienna and at the Vienna Institute of Demography of the ÖAW, Martin Halla, Professor of Economics at the JKU Linz, Nadia Steiber , Professor of Social Structure Analysis at the University of Vienna and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, Professor of Economics at the JKU Linz and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).

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