Data sources

Below we have compiled some suggestions for retrieving research data that may be relevant to your research. Our classification is based on “Auffinden-Zitieren-Dokumentieren: Forschungsdaten in den Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften”, a guide published by the German Data Forum (Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten, RatSWD). The guide uses the following classifications: aggregate statistical data, survey data, and process-produced microdata. Additional sources of research data are available under qualitative data and data portals.

Note: research data marked with a star * are already at the WZB.

a) Aggregate statistical data



b) Survey data


c) Process-produced microdata



d) Qualitative data



e) Data portals


Furthermore, offers an overview of various repositories holding research data. Elsevier’s datasearch site allows searching for various data sets that sometimes are available as raw data but also had to be submitted as supplementary materials accompanying publications.