National Educational Panel Study


The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) is a study carried out by the LIfBi. It is an interdisciplinary and multilocational network of excellence consisting of research institutes, research groups, and individual scientists. To find out more about the acquisition of education and its effects on individual life courses and to describe and analyze key educational processes and trajectories over the entire life span, this longitudinal study examines educational processes and competence development from early childhood to late adulthood. Data collected by NEPS are made available free of charge to international scientists aiming to study educational processes. Over the mid- and long-term, the design of NEPS will make an important contribution towards answering the following key questions:

  • How do competencies develop over the life course?
  • How do competencies influence decision-making processes at various critical transitions in educational careers (and vice versa)?
  • How and to what extent are competencies influenced by learning opportunities in the family, in the peer group, and in the learning environments of kindergarten, school, higher education, vocational training, and further education?
  • What competencies are decisive for obtaining educational qualifications, which for lifelong learning and which for a successful personal and social life?

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BMBF (2009-2013), LIfBi (since 2014)


01/2009 - open

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