WIFO processes individual data collected by Hauptverband and AMS

Individual data obtained from the Federation of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions (Hauptverband) and the Public Employment Service (AMS) are processed in close collaboration between the requisite experts and computer specialists at WIFO working within the INDI-DV Team which meets in regular intervals.

The individual data supplied by the Hauptverband include insurance spells (including employment and unemployment periods, periods qualifying for old-age pension and contributions to social insurance) for the period from 1972 to 2015; those provided by the AMS (especially registration data) cover the period from 1998 to 2015. Both data sets map (with some limitations) the totality of those employed, unemployed, etc., on a day-to-day basis. Updates are made twice a year.

The INDI-DV team at WIFO

In 2000 WIFO set up the INDI-DV team which is charged with handling mass administrative data. It is responsible for establishing and developing a data infrastructure and creating a project-specific methodology. The team is made up of economists and computer specialists, supported by scientific assistants.


AMS – Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich (Public Employment Service) http://www.ams.at

Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Konsumentenschutz (Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection) https://www.bmsk.gv.at

Arbeitsmarktdatenbank (AMS und Sozialministerium) (Labour Market Database; AMS and Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection) https://arbeitsmarktdatenbank.at

Data used

Individual data produced by the Federation of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions (Hauptverband) reach back to 1972, while AMS data in part date back to 1998.

Additional data are linked with the Hauptverband and AMS data as and when required for specific projects.

The individual data processed by WIFO comprise employee and employer data which are linked through career spells. They furnish a key aspect to labour market analyses and are frequently analysed together.



Die Wirkung von geförderter Beschäftigung in Sozialökonomischen Betrieben und Gemeinnützigen Beschäftigungsprojekten auf die Arbeitsmarktintegration von Arbeitslosen. Ergebnisse einer mikroökonometrischen Evaluierung (The Effects of Subsidised Employment in Socio-Economic Enterprises and Non-Profit Employment Projects on the Subsequent Labour Market Integration of the Unemployed. Results of a Microeconometric Evaluation)
WIFO-Monatsberichte, 2014, 87(11), pp.783-794
Online since: 26.11.2014 0:00
Sozialökonomische Betriebe (SÖB) und Gemeinnützige Beschäftigungsprojekte (GBP) bieten Arbeitslosen mit Vermittlungshindernissen zeitlich befristete Arbeitsplätze mit begleitenden Qualifizierungsmaßnahmen und sozialpädagogischer Betreuung. Ziel ist es, die Chancen der Betroffenen auf Integration in den regulären Arbeitsmarkt zu erhöhen. Wie eine mikroökonometrische Evaluierung zeigt, verbessern Transitarbeitsplätze in SÖB oder GBP die Erwerbsbeteiligung und die Reintegrationschancen der geförderten Arbeitslosen im Durchschnitt signifikant, wobei Frauen und ältere Arbeitskräfte überproportional von der Förderung profitieren.
Keywords:Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik, Sozialökonomische Betriebe, Gemeinnützige Beschäftigungsprojekte, Evaluierung, Arbeitsbeschaffungsmaßnahme
Research group:Labour Economics, Income and Social Security

The Effects of Subsidised Employment in Socio-Economic Enterprises and Non-Profit Employment Projects on the Subsequent Labour Market Integration of the Unemployed. Results of a Microeconometric Evaluation
Socio-economic enterprises (Sozialökonomische Betriebe – SÖB) and non-profit employment projects (Gemeinnützige Beschäftigungsprojekte – GBP) offer transitional jobs as well as accompanying training and socio-pedagogical support to unemployed job-seekers with placement difficulties. The main purpose is to stabilise and qualify them for later re-integration in the regular labour market. As implied by the results of a counterfactual impact evaluation, transitional employment in SÖB or GBP on average strengthens labour force participation and enhances individuals' employment prospects significantly. Participation benefits women and older workers to a disproportionate extent.