Research Data Center Ruhr at the RWI

Project: Neighbourhood effects: Analysis of individual rational behaviour in a social context

Project Duration

01/2011 - 06/2014 (finalized)

Commissioned by

„Pakt für Forschung und Innovation“ der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer (Chief), Rüdiger Budde, Dr. Sandra Schaffner (Chief), Dr. Lea Eilers, Dr. Peggy Bechara, Prof. Dr. Colin Vance


Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), University of Melbourne, Australian National University

Leader of Consortium



The aim of the project is to geo-reference existing micro-level data sets, e.g. the SOEP or the LIAB, and to enrich them with information at a highly disaggregate regional level, e.g. at the county or zip code level. This allows for econometric analyses of the social context on individual behavior such as unemployment benefit recipiency, exit from unemployment, or the social integration of migrants.


Selected project related publications

Discussion Papers


Schaffner, S. and B. Treude (2014), The Effect of Ethnic Clustering on Migrant Integration in Germany. Ruhr Economic Papers #536. RWI. DOI: 10.4419/86788613 download

Bechara, P., L. Eilers and A. Paloyo (2014), In Good Company – Neighborhood Quality and Female Employment. Ruhr Economic Papers #535. RWI. DOI: 10.4419/86788612 download


Bauer, T. K., M. Fertig and M. Vorell (2011), Neighborhood Effects and Individual Unemployment. Ruhr Economic Papers #285. RWI, RUB. download

Monographs (Author)


Bügelmeyer, E., S. Schaffner, N. Schanne and T. Scholz (2015), Das DIW-IAB-RWI–Nachbarschaftspanel. Ein Scientific-Use-File mit lokalen Aggregatdaten und dessen Verknüpfung mit dem deutschen Sozio-ökonomischen Panel. RWI Materialien 97. Essen: RWI. download


Budde, R. and L. Eilers (2014), Sozioökonomische Daten auf Rasterebene - Datenbeschreibung der microm-Rasterdaten. RWI Materialien 77. Essen: RWI. download