MPIDR Technical Report
Guidelines for linking contextual factors and survey data: an application with data from the German Family Panel (pairfam)
MPIDR Technical Report TR-2015-005, 14 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (November 2015)
Geo-coded survey data are a prerequisite for any analysis that examines the impact of contextual factors on individual-level outcomes. The local unit may be districts, municipalities, or blocks of houses. However, regional identifiers are sensitive information and including them in a scientific-use-file of a survey may violate data protection regulations. This Technical Report demonstrates how analyses with geo-coded data from the German Family Panel (pairfam) may be conducted. The procedure that we suggest has been tailored for pairfam, but it is applicable to other data sets as well.