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Data on Digital Transformation in the German Socio-Economic Panel

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Alexandra Fedorets, Stefan Kirchner, Jule Adriaans, Oliver Giering

In: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik 242 (2022), 5-6, S. 691–705


Public debates and current research on “digitalization” suggest that digital technologies could profoundly transform the world of work. While broad claims are common in these debates, empirical evidence remains scarce. This calls for reliable data for empirical research and evidence-based policymaking. We implemented a data module in the Socio-Economic Panel to gather information on digitalization in three domains: artificial intelligence (AI), platform work, and digitalized workplace. This paper describes the existing approaches to measure technological exposure, the challenges in operationalization of digital transformation in a household survey, the implemented questionnaire items, and the research potential of this new data.

JEL-Classification: C18;C89
Keywords: artificial intelligence; platform work; digital workplace; operationalization; household survey