The Centre for European Economic Reserach (ZEW) and the Data Research Centre of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB-FDZ) organize a workshop on Measurement Errors in Administrative Data sponsored by the SNF-DFG Research Group FOR916 "Statistical Regularization and Qualitative Constraints" and the Insitute for Employment Research (IAB).

Research on data quality in survey data has a long history and administrative datasets are often proposed for validation without questioning their data quality. Recent research has shown that even administrative data suffers from missings, misspecifications, and censored measurements to a non-ignorable extend. Data problems in these data often have a different nature than errors in survey data: For example, information which is gathered as a by-product to an administrative process is less accurate than the information which is necessary for that process. Moreover, the large number of observations and the high quality of certain variables allow new data correction methods which are not applicable to survey data. The workshop aims at bringing together leading researchers with representatives of statistical offices to discuss recent developments on how to address the problem of measurement error and missing data.

Keynote Speakers

  • John M. Abowd (Cornell University)
  • Bruce Meyer (University of Chicago)
  • Francesca Molinari (Cornell University)
  • James Spletzer (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Scientific Committee

  • Stefan Bender (FDZ-IAB)
  • Stephan Dlugosz (ZEW)
  • Bernd Fitzenberger (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, ZEW)
  • Enno Mammen (University of Mannheim)
  • Gesine Stephan (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, IAB)
  • Ralf A. Wilke (University of Nottingham, ZEW)

Call for Papers

This workshop invites empirical and theoretical contributions of all areas involved in administrative data handling and analysis which fit the topic of this conference.

  • Deadline for paper submission: 4th April 2010
  • Decision for acceptance made by: 16th April 2010

Please send a title and a paper as electronic copy to Stephan Dlugosz

Travel and accommodation for speakers presenting a paper (one speaker per paper) will be paid for. The workshop is sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and IAB.

Call for Papers, (PDF File, 360 KB)


Programme, (PDF File, 127 KB)

Participants are welcome. Please contact Stephan Dlugosz (Organizer).


ZEW, Centre for European Economic Research
Stephan Dlugosz,Research Unit Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy
P.O.Box 10 34 43
68034 Mannheim

Phone +49/621/1235-283
Fax +49/621/1235-225
Additional information is available at


14.06.2010 - 15.06.2010

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim