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ZEW Research Data Centre (ZEW-FDZ)


The ZEW Research Data Centre provides external researchers with access to research data from the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The research data offered at the ZEW Research Data Centre are primarily individual data from ZEW business surveys - including data from the "Mannheim Innovation Panel"(MIP), the "IAB/ZEW Start-up Panel" and the "ZEW ICT Survey". Furthermore, the data of the ZEW expert survey "ZEW Financial Market Test" can be used.

  • Thematic Focus: Economy & Finances
  • Data type focus: Quantitative
  • Status: Accredited
  • External Data Ingest: No
  • RDM Consultation: No

Data Offer

Regularly Updated Firm Data / Surveys

  • Mannheim Innovationpanel (MIP)
  • IAB/ZEW Start-up Panel
  • ZEW ICT Survey
  • Mannheim Webpanel

Surveys to Specific Topics

  • Economic Survey of the Information Sector
  • Generation Chance in Medium-sized Businesses
  • ZEW Spin-off Survey Germany and Austria

Expert Surveys

  • ZEW Financial Market Test
  • Transport Market Barometer
  • Climate Negotiations Equity

Individual Surveys

  • SECO@home
  • ZEW Transition Panel Secondary School University


Documentations and lists of variables are provided in German and English for the individual data sets offered at the ZEW-RDC.

Data Access Mode

The data of some ZEW surveys are made available to external researchers in a de facto anonymised form as scientific use files. In addition to the use of scientific use files, external researchers can apply for the use of formally anonymised ZEW data with which they are allowed to work in the ZEW’s RDC rooms. Formally anonymised means that the data sets contain neither names nor addresses, but otherwise all the original details of the respondents. The formally anonymised data is stored on a stand-alone computer without a network connection, from which no data can be downloaded. Since June 2023, ZEW has also provided a secure remote access connection for a selection of certain ZEW research data via the University of Mannheim’s access to the bwCloud. For the Mannheim Innovation Panel (MIP), absolutely anonymised education use files were also created for use in teaching.


Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) GmbH
L 7, 1
68161 Mannheim

Contact person
Dr. Sandra Gottschalk
E-Mail: gottschalk@zew.de
Phone: +49 (0)621 1235-267
Fax: +49 (0)621 1235-170