This web page describes how the Central Bureau of
Statistics (CBS) makes anonymized microdata available to researchers. In
general, the CBS makes its statistical products available to the public in a
variety of ways. For example, the CBS publishes a large amount of statistical
information both on the Internet and in print. In addition, those from outside
the CBS may contract with the CBS for statistical analysis of data held by the
CBS, whereby the results are provided in the form of graphs and tables. And
finally, the CBS provides access to anonymized microdata files on which
researchers can perform their own statistical analysis and research. Following
is a brief overview of how these files are made available to researchers. There is a charge
for the files or services provided in accordance with CBS pricing policy.
Public Use Files (PUF) (available in Hebrew only) are standard anonymized microdata
products made available to the public at large subject to a standard CBS license. PUF files are also avaiable to researchers via Israel Social Science Data Center (ISDC) in the Hebrew University. PUF files contain information that is detailed enough for basic research, under confidentiality constraints.
Microdata Under Contract (MUC) contain more detailed data
than the PUF files, but are made available after approval by the Government
Statistician only to academic researchers and research institutions subject to
a restrictive contract and license that enhance the preservation of
confidentiality. The CBS has a variety of standard MUC products, but also
prepares specialized MUC products for specific research needs. The MUC file is released
in accordance with the MUC Guidelines (Hebrew).
A Research Room on the premises of the CBS office in
Jerusalem is available for researchers who need even more detailed microdata
than provided in the MUC files. Use of the Research Room is restricted to
academic researchers and researchers from research institutions upon approval
of their research proposal by the Chief Scientist of the CBS. The Research Room
contains several personal computers with statistical analysis programs such as
SAS, STATA etc. Use of the Research Room is subject to the Research Room
Guidelines (Hebrew), which require, inter alia, that researchers using the
Research Room undergo a security check, become special sworn volunteers of the
CBS subject to criminal sanctions for breach of confidentiality, and publish
their research results in a manner prescribed by the CBS.
Below is a list of PUF and MUC files available through the CBS including
links to variable listings in each file and background information, followed by
a list of researchers who have performed research in the Research Room and the
topic of their research. The Research Room list also contains a link to the
published research results.