NEPS: National Educational Panel Study


The main focus of NEPS is to investigate educational processes, educational decisions, and educational outcomes over the entire lifespan of the study, which began in 2010 with various different cohorts. NEPS surveys approximately 60,000 people annually in Germany. Study participants range in age from 0 to 67 years. NEPS includes pilot studies and main surveys. The pilot studies (also known as development studies) check whether the developed test items, questions, and approaches will prove successful in the actual survey situation. The main surveys collect actual data.

More detailed information on this study can be found at the NEPS website.

Our partner

Until July 2012, NEPS was managed by Professor Dr Hans-Peter Blossfeld. Educationist Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach took over NEPS management in August 2012. Starting on April 1, 2018, Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert has taken over the position of Interim Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg and will thus also lead the NEPS study “Educational Trajectories in Germany”. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz, who had been managing the Institute during its dynamic development phase after the retirement of Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach in March 2017. The LIfBi coordinates the interdisciplinary network of excellence of the more than 200 scientists from numerous institutes and universities who work on the study.

The IEA’s contribution

The IEA’s contribution consists of sampling, field operations, data coding, and data capturing and processing at the preschool and school stages of the study.


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