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Socio-Economic Data on grid level

Quantitative research in economics and related social sciences has increasingly made use of small-scale regional data, allowing for the analyses of neighborhood effects and controlling for local conditions. In Germany, existing regional data from statistical offices mostly do not fulfill the specific demands for research on small areas. Data are commonly not provided below the level of municipalities (Gemeinden) or counties (Kreise

The RWI-GEO-GRID dataset is based on a grid which is uniformly defined by 1×1 kilometer raster cells. These grids are time-consistent and equally spread across the entire territory of Germany. The grid level is defined according to the EU directive standardized European projection system INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe). Residential or commercial property are located in more than 218,550 grid cells within Germany, and for those socio-economic data are provided in the RWI-GEO-GRID dataset.

For each grid cell, the dataset provides an extensive range of household, demographic, mobility and development information. The data are available for the years 2005 and 2009–2016. The dataset RWI-GEO-GRID is organized in four packages with different scopes whereas every package covers the basic variables on the number of households, commercial enterprises, houses and residential buildings. Package HOUSEHOLD contains information on household structure, children, the unemployment rate, the purchasing power, payment defaults, foreigners and ethnicities. The second package, BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, contains information on different house types.

The third package is DEMOGRAPHY. This group contains information on the population by age and gender as well as the absolute number of inhabitants.

The fourth package is MOBILITY. This package contains information on car capability, car brands and car segments.


You will find further information about the data through its DOI or in the data report:
Breidenbach, P. und L. Eilers (2018), RWI-GEO-Grid: Socio-economic data on grid level. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 238 (6): 609-616. DOI: 10.1515/jbnst-2017-0171 

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Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie über die jeweilige DOI oder in der Datensatzbeschreibung:
Breidenbach, P. und L. Eilers (2018), RWI-GEO-Grid: Socio-economic data on grid level. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 238 (6): 609-616. DOI: 10.1515/jbnst-2017-0171

RWI-GEO-GRID: Socio-economic data on grid level - Scientific Use File (wave 8)

RWI-GEO-GRID: Socio-economic data on grid level (wave 8)

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