Workshop for Users of the GSOEP and CNEF (GSOEP2007)

Venue: Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 06, 2007 End Date/Time: Sep 08, 2007
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Workshop for Users of the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP)and the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF)

September 7-8, 2007 at Cornell University

The Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University will hold a workshop to introduce researchers to the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF). Twenty-two waves of GSOEP data are available to researchers interested in using this rich panel study. The CNEF currently includes data from five country’s panel studies: the GSOEP, the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), the Canadian Survey of Income and Labour Dynamics (SLID), the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), and the United States Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Data from each of these studies have been extracted and manipulated to facilitate cross-national comparative research. The resulting subset of variables from each study constitutes the Cross-National Equivalent Files.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce and familiarize new users with the file structure and potential of the GSOEP and CNEF data. Current users will also benefit from sessions with highly trained researchers who will explain more subtle issues involved in analyses that use the GSOEP sample of residents of the former East Germany.

Instructional Facilities
The workshop will be run by Gert Wagner, Joachim Frick, and Markus Grabka of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW) - Berlin (GSOEP and GSOEP-CNEF), Dean Lillard of Cornell University (PSID-CNEF), and representatives from Statistics Canada (SLID-CNEF), the University of Essex (BHPS-CNEF) and the University of Melbourne (HILDA-CNEF).


The workshop will consist of 7 sessions covering the following topics:

• Introduction to the GSOEP file structure
• Merging Household and Person specific files
• Sample issues
 Clustered sampling
 Sample attrition
 Sample weights
 Issues when comparing residents of east and west German states
• Cross-sectional versus longitudinal research
• Constructing Calendar data from Spell files
• Web-based user support
• Introduction to the CNEF file structure
• Linking CNEF files to their parent survey data
• Procedures for accessing the SLID Equivalent file

The workshop will begin with a reception and keynote speech on the evening of September 6th. Sessions will be held all day September 7th and in the morning of September 8th.

The workshop fee is $200, which includes all instructional materials, the welcoming receptions, and lunches on September 7th and 8th. The fee also includes the cost of a copy of the Public Use Version of the GSOEP and the CNEF data, subject to the approval of a written contract for their use by the DIW, the UKDA, or the HILDA Data Archive.
Hotel accommodations are available at a reduced rate of $99 per night at the Ithaca Best Western Motel (phone 607-272-6100). Our reserved block of rooms are under the name “GSOEP,” and reservations must be made prior to August 6, 2007.

Funds provided by Cornell University and the DIW allow us to offer partial scholarships on a competitive basis to offset transportation, hotels, and registration fees.

Application Dates
Applications for the workshop should be postmarked no later than August 1, 2007. Applications for scholarships should be postmarked no later than July 15th, 2007. Applications will be considered in the order in which they arrive. The workshop will be limited to 20 people.

Scholarship Application
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit:

1. A letter stating why they are interested in coming to the workshop,
2. A brief description of the research they will pursue with the GSOEP and/or CNEF data
3. A statement attesting that funds to cover the workshop costs are not available from their university or research institute.
4. Graduate students or research associates should include a supporting letter from their senior advisor with their application.

Further Information

For further information or an application, contact:

Kristina Gashler
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
120 MVR Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4401 USA
Telephone: 607-255-8012
FAX: 607-255-4071

An application form will also be available on the Department of Policy Analysis and Management web site. The URL is:

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