Headshot of Daniela Hochfellner

Research Assistant Professor;
Senior Research Scientist

Daniela Hochfellner is a Senior Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor at CUSP. She also is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan.

For CUSP’s Data Facility, Daniela implements statistically grounded approaches to data integration, data use and dissemination of policies and procedures. She takes part in user support and quality assurance processes for data providers and data facility users. Her research addresses the economics of labor markets, migration, aging and health and ethics in human subject research. For instance, she has been studying the integration processes of immigrants. In addition, Daniela pursues research on labor market participation of older workers, and effects of social security reforms on retirement transition and health outcomes. Her work on research ethics addresses data confidentiality and methods of protecting privacy in the presence of an increasing demand of “big data” in social sciences.

She has worked with survey data, administrative data, and big-data and has a deep knowledge and extensive experience in linkages of social security records, administrative information and survey data. Daniela has been awarded funding for her research from the Alfred, P Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation and from the German Ministry of Education and Research.

Daniela Hochfellner received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Bamberg (in Germany). Prior to joining CUSP, Daniela was a Research Investigator at the Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. Daniela also was a Researcher at the Research Data Centre at the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany.

Hochfellner, Daniela; Müller, Dana; Wurdack, Anja, Biographical Data of Social Insurance Agencies in Germany: Improving the Content of Administrative DataJournal of Applied Social Science Studies, 132, 443–451 (2012)

Hochfelner, Daniela; Burkert, Carola, Berufliche Aktivität  im Ruhestand: Fortsetzung der Erwerbsbiografie oder notwendiger ZuverdienstZeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 46 (3), 242–250 (2013)

Hochfellner, Daniela; Springer, Frederik, Wurdack, Anja, Comparing Labor Market Participation Rates of Ethnic Populations with Innovative Administrative

Data for Migration StudiesTransnational Social Review, 3 (2), 34–40 (2013)

Hochfellner, D., Hirsch, B., Janh, E.J., Toomet, O., Does Better Pre-Migration Performance Accelerate Immigrants’ Wage Assimilation?Labour Economics, 30, 212–222 (2014)

Hochfellner, D, Müller, D., Schmucker, A, Privacy in Confidential Administrative Micro Data: Implementing Statistical Disclosure Control in a Secure Computing Environment,” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 9 (5), 8–15, (2014)