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NimoErt – Non-monetary Outcomes of Education

This cooperative project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), focuses on the investigation of non-monetary outcomes of education in fields like health and non-cognitive skills.

Project Description

This interdisciplinary cooperative project focuses on educational outcomes in three broader fields: health, non-cognitive skills, and social and political participation. At DIPF, we address research questions concerning the two first fields. Florian Schmiedek´s team focuses on health as an educational outcome in the sub-project “well-being and time use”. Michael Becker and colleagues investigate non-cognitive skills in the sub-project “effects of the learning environment on non-monetary outcomes”.

Project Objectives

The sub-project “well-being and time use” addresses indicators for psychological health as outcomes of education. Using the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM), relations between educational background and the affective experience of daily activities are investigated in a national and representative subsample of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). The aims of this project are (1) to model affective well-being in everyday life in order to generate a better understanding of affective experiences, (2) to gain more information about affective well-being as an outcome of education, and (3) to investigate time use and time structuring of daily activities (e.g. working and leisure activities) of participants with different educational backgrounds.

In the sub-project “effects of the learning environment on non-monetary outcomes” we focus on effects of the student body composition on academic self-concept and later educational decisions after graduation from school (e.g. choice of college major). Research on school contextual effects has shown the importance of the learning environment for the self-assessment of abilities of the students (e.g. research on the big-fish-little-pond-effect). However, little is known about effects of student body composition on the educational career after graduation from school. Using a subsample of the BIJU-study, we focus on effects of the learning environment in school on educational careers after graduation from school. Hereby, the project investigates (1) the effects of student body composition on educational decisions such as choice of college major and (2) the relation of learning environment and less domain-specific variables such as self-esteem or life satisfaction.




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Completed projects
11/2015 – 03/2019
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last modified Oct 21, 2020
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