Secondary Analysis of Job Placement Interviews of the German Federal Employment Agency. A Research Report


  • Tobias Gebel Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin)



qualitative secondary analysis, contextualization, qualitative data, requirements for secondary data use, data documentation, qualitative interview, data fit


Secondary analysis of qualitative interview data is related to the potential for re-analyzing existing data from a new research focus and theoretical perspective. Few examples of this application exist, where the decisions made in the research process and the implementation steps are empirically demonstrated on the basis of a concrete secondary analysis. With the present study I intend to provide such examples. For this purpose, a qualitative secondary analysis of dialogues between job agents and unemployment workers is used to report on the challenges and methodological implications of such a research strategy. Further, the benefits and limitations are discussed with respect to the specific research context. The interview data for the secondary analysis came from a process evaluation conducted by the German Institute for Employment Research (IAB) following a structural change in the employment agencies of the German Federal Employment Agency. In contrast, the research interest of the secondary analysis was fundamentally different. Rather than evaluating the result of structural changes in the primary research, I focused on the decision-making processes in the course of job-placement by public employment agencies in the secondary analysis.


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Author Biography

Tobias Gebel, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin)

Tobias GEBEL ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Deutschen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin), Abteilung Forschungsinfrastruktur/Forschungsdatenmanagement. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in den Bereichen Forschungsdatenmanagement, qualitative Sekundäranalyse, Arbeitsmarktforschung und Organisationsforschung.



How to Cite

Gebel, T. (2022). Secondary Analysis of Job Placement Interviews of the German Federal Employment Agency. A Research Report. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 23(3).



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