Public Use Files


Public Use Files

Public Use Files (PUF) are absolutely anonymised microdata. Because of the strong anonymisation, only selected variables are available. Variables with a high degree of subject-related detail are aggregated. Detailed regional breakdowns can usually not be made based on Public Use Files. You can, however, make valid statements based on the available key figures. PUF are available for the analysis programs SAS, SPSS and Stata or are provided with the according input routines. Their use is not bound to a specific place of use.

Data use

To use Public Use Files, you have to log in using a registration tool (available only in German). The registration procedure is structured in two stages: After your registration a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you indicated. After that, you will be asked to verify your registration by clicking on a link. A short time later you will receive the confirmation of access from the RDC. You can then use your user name and password to log in and download Campus Files. The use is free of charge. Please note the obligation to cite all results correctly.

Available data


Special harvest and quality investigation 2017 and 2018 (German only)


Sample survey of household income and expenditure 1963 (German only)

Microcensus 1973, 1982, 1987, 1991 and 2001

Population census of the German Democratic Republic 1971 and 1987 (German only)

Time use survey 1991/1992, 2001/2002 and 2012/2013 (German only)

Other social statistics

Statistics of recipients of subsistence payments 1998, 1999 and 2000 (German only)