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SHARE-RV: Linking German SHARE Survey Data with Administrative Records

SHARE-RV stands for the direct linkage of survey data of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) with administrative records of the German Pension Insurance (DRV). 

SHARE-RV is a project within the German subsample of SHARE which started as a pilot study in 2009 and is now integrated as a standard module of the German SHARE questionnaire. Upon respondents’ consent, the German Pension Insurance provides the administrative records which can be linked to the SHARE interviews of the same person. 

The combination of accurate administrative data and profound information about different aspects of the respondents’ lives in SHARE-RV provide a wide range of research possibilities.

The great advantage of SHARE-RV lies in the possibility to combine administrative data of the German Pension Insurance and contextual factors of the respondents. Hence, SHARE-RV enables the investigation of connections between various aspects of respondents´ lives and their working history or their socio-economic status in later life. In addition administrative data of persons living in the same household can be identified and analysed simultaneously. 

The Release 6.0.0 of the administrative data is available now. To get access to the administrative data, please register at the Data Research Center of the German Pension Insurance. After successful registration you will receive a dataset which can be linked easily to the SHARE survey data. If any problems regarding data access occur, please feel free to contact Imke Herold.


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Citation of the dataset

Forschungsdatenzentrum der Rentenversicherung, Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik (2017). SHARE-RV. Release version: 6.0.0. SHARE-ERIC. Data set. DOI: 10.6103/SHARE.SHARE-RV.600

List of publications based on SHARE-RV

Börsch-Supan, A., B. Alt and T. Bucher-Koenen (2015): Early retirement for the underprivileged? Using the record-linked SHARE-RV data to evaluate the most recent German pension reform. In: Börsch-Supan, A., T. Kneip, H. Litwin, M. Myck and G. Weber (eds.): Ageing in Europe - Supporting Policies for an Inclusive Society, 267–278. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Börsch-Supan, A., T. Bucher-Koenen, I. Ferrari, V. Kutlu-Koc and J. Rausch (2016): The development of the pension gap and German households' saving behavior. MEA Discussion Paper (02-2016). Munich.

Czaplicki, C. and T. Stern (2016): Sozialstrukturelle Determinanten von Tabakkonsum im Alter. RVaktuell, 2/2016: 39-46.

Czaplicki, C. and J. C. Post (2015): SHARE-RV: Neues Analysepotential für die Untersuchung des Zusammenhangs von Fertilität und Erwerbstätigkeit in den Lebensverläufen von Männern und Frauen. In: DGD - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Demographie e. V. (eds.): Das Potenzial amtlicher Daten für die demografische Forschung und die Familienforschung. DGD-Online-Publikation 01/2015, Bonn.

Czaplicki, C. and J. Korbmacher (2010): SHARE-RV: Verknüpfung von Befragungsdaten des Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe mit administrativen Daten der Rentenversicherung, DRV-Schriften 55/2010: 28-37.

Korbmacher, J. and M. Schröder (2013): Consent when Linking Survey Data with Administrative Records: The Role of the Interviewer, Survey Research Methods 7(2): 115-131.

Korbmacher, J. and C. Czaplicki (2013): Linking SHARE Survey Data with Administrative Records: First Experiences from SHARE-Germany. In: Malter, F. and A. Börsch-Supan (eds.): SHARE Wave 4: Innovations & Methodology, 47-53. Munich: Munich Center for the Economics of Ageing.

Mika, T. and C. Czaplicki (2017): Fertility and Women’s Old-Age Income in Germany. In: Kreyenfeld, M. and D. Konietzka (eds.): Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences, 331-349. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Mika, T., C. Czaplicki and J.C. Post (2016):Alterseinkommen von Müttern und kinderlosen Frauen im Haushaltskontext. RVaktuell 2016: 117-123.

Mika, T. and C. Czaplicki (2010): SHARE-RV: Eine Datengrundlage für Analysen zu Alterssicherung, Gesundheit und Familie auf der Basis des Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe und der Daten der Deutschen Rentenversicherung, RVaktuell 12/2010: 396-400.