The German Job Search Panel (GJSP) is a new survey that focuses on job seekers around the time of job loss. Unlike household panel datasets that survey subjects on a yearly basis, participants of the GJSP are interviewed every month using a novel smartphone app. The focus of the survey is on subjective well-being and health. It also comprises a wide range of further economically and psychologically relevant variables and may be linked to job seekers’ administrative records. The talk presents the main features of the GJSP as a new source of data being particularly suited for the analysis of unemployment and related issues. It also uses the example of the GJSP to discuss selective participation in a smartphone-based survey as well as experimental results on the effectiveness of different modes of inviting participants to such a survey. Finally, the presentation shows how the GJSP will contribute to studying effects of unemployment on different facets of well-being by means of a preliminary data analysis.


Clemens Hetschko

Freie Universität Berlin


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21.11.2019 | 14:00 - 15:15 (CET)

Event Location

ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung

L 7, 1 68161 Mannheim


Heinz König Hall


Junior Research Associate