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

NEPS is carried out at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). Director of the LIfBi is Prof Dr Cordula Artelt and thus she also leads the NEPS study „Educational Trajectories in Germany“. 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 until his retirement in March 2017. Artelt succeeded the two interim-leaders of LIfBi Prof Dr Sandra Buchholz and Prof Dr Sabine Weinert in February 2019.

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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