Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education

Start of the project: 17-Feb-2017

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The research cluster examines the potential benefits of tertiary or higher education. Benefits can be analysed on two different levels: the social or collective level and the individual level. The literature discusses two types of returns on education on each of these levels: labour market-related returns (typically monetary returns) and returns gained outside the labour market (typically non-monetary returns such as well-being, and social or political participation). The research cluster focuses on individual returns to a certain extent but proposes widening its focus to include collective returns, and a multi-level perspective.

While there is a great deal of literature in the field of economics analysing monetary returns, there is less on non-monetary returns. Sophisticated research on the latter requires an interdisciplinary approach comprising economics, sociology, psychology, empirical educational research and pedagogics.

The research cluster considers differences in a variety of dimensions: vertical and horizontal differences in education, differences in life trajectories, heterogeneous effects between social groups, and international comparisons. Besides examining questions on the existence and quantity of returns on education, we are interested in the mechanism underlying returns. Such insights lead to evidence-based policy implications.

Other topics addressed by the research cluster include the conceptualisation, operationalisation, and causal analysis of returns on tertiary education. It supports the continuous enhancement of the DZHW survey programme, and contributes to networking with researchers in other research institutions and universities.

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Publications

Does the effect of studying abroad on labour income vary by graduates’ social origin? Evidence from Germany.

Netz, N., & Grüttner, M. (2021).
Does the effect of studying abroad on labour income vary by graduates’ social origin? Evidence from Germany. Higher Education, 82(6), 1195-1217. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00579-2

Belonging as a Resource of Resilience: Psychological Wellbeing of International and Refugee Students in Study Preparation at German Higher Education Institutions.

Grüttner, M. (2019).
Belonging as a Resource of Resilience: Psychological Wellbeing of International and Refugee Students in Study Preparation at German Higher Education Institutions. Student Success, 10(3), 36-44. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.v10i3.1275

Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit.

Grüttner, M., & Carstensen, J. (Hrsg.) (2018).
Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit. Sozialer Fortschritt (Sonderheft), 67(4), 227-325. https://doi.org/10.3790/sfo.67.4.227

Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit.

Carstensen, J., & Grüttner, M. (2018).
Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit. Sozialer Fortschritt, 67(4), 229-248. https://doi.org/10.3790/sfo.67.4.229
Presentations

Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Gäckle, S., Goldan, L., ... & Schwabe, U. (2022, Juni/Juli).
Workshop Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series, DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Explaining employment sector choices of doctoral graduates in Germany.

Jaksztat, S., Goldan, L., & Gross, C. (2021, Dezember).
Explaining employment sector choices of doctoral graduates in Germany. Vortrag auf der Tagung (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), London, United Kingdom.

JobReq - An instrument for measuring job contents based on knowledge work.

Euler, T. (2021, November).
JobReq - An instrument for measuring job contents based on knowledge work. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match Among Highly Qualified - Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences, DZHW Research Cluster "Returns to Tertiary Education", Hannover.

Challenges in estimating job adequacy in samples with heterogeneous levels of education.

Lachenmaier, H. (2021, November).
Challenges in estimating job adequacy in samples with heterogeneous levels of education. Vortrag auf dem Workshop Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match among Highly Qualified – Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences, DZHW Research Cluster "Returns to Tertiary Education", Hannover.

Explaining employment sector choices of doctoral graduates in Germany.

Jaksztat, S. (2021, September).
Explaining employment sector choices of doctoral graduates in Germany. Vortrag auf der Tagung „Higher Education and the Labour Market“ (HELM), IAB und DZHW.

Challenging the intuition. Is a same-sex advisor beneficial for doctoral students?

Mühleck, K., & Schwabe, U. (2021, Juni).
Challenging the intuition. Is a same-sex advisor beneficial for doctoral students? Vortrag im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Changing Academic Careers", DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Changing Academic Careers Lecture Series.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., ... & Schwabe, U. (2021, Juni).
Workshop Changing Academic Careers Lecture Series, DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., Güleryüz, D., ... & Schwabe, U. (2020, November).
Workshop Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021 Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Erträge tertiärer Bildung", DZHW, Hannover.

Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Subjective Wellbeing over the Life Course.

Patzina, A., Grüttner, M., & Kratz, F. (2017, September).
Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Subjective Wellbeing over the Life Course. Vortrag auf der International Society of Quality-of-Life Studies Conference 2017, Innsbruck, Österreich.

Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Subjective Wellbeing over the Life Course.

Patzina, A., Grüttner, M., & Kratz, F. (2017, August).
Intergenerational Educational Mobility and Subjective Wellbeing over the Life Course. Vortrag auf dem RC28 Summer Meeting in New York.

Outcomes von Bildung: Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge.

Grüttner, M. (2017, März).
Outcomes von Bildung: Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge. Vortrag auf dem 2. Workshop 'Indikatoren der Hochschulbildung' der Student Life Cycle (SLC) Planungsstudie in Hannover.

Intergenerational educational mobility and subjective well-being over the life course.

Grüttner, M., & Patzina, A. (2017, Februar).
Intergenerational educational mobility and subjective well-being over the life course. Vortrag auf dem Forschungsseminar des DZHW und des Lehrstuhls für empirische Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung in Wolfburg.
Conferences

Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Gäckle, S., Goldan, L., ... & Schwabe, U. (2022, Juni/Juli).
Workshop Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series, DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match Among Highly Qualified - Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., ... & Schwabe, U. (2021, November).
Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match Among Highly Qualified - Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences, DZHW Research Cluster "Returns to Tertiary Education", DZHW Hannover.

Changing Academic Careers Lecture Series.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., ... & Schwabe, U. (2021, Juni).
Workshop Changing Academic Careers Lecture Series, DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., Güleryüz, D., ... & Schwabe, U. (2020, November).
Workshop Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021 Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Erträge tertiärer Bildung", DZHW, Hannover.

Higher Education and Civic Participation.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Grüttner, M., Güleryüz, D., Mühleck, K., Oelker, S. & Schwabe, U. (2019, November).
Higher Education and Civic Participation. Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Erträge tertiärer Bildung", DZHW, Hannover.

Head of Research cluster

Ulrike Schwabe
Ulrike Schwabe Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-123

Members

Dr. Johann Carstensen Thorsten Euler Gregor Fabian Stefanie Gäckle Dr. Michael Grüttner Doğuş Güleryüz Dr. Björn Huß Dr. Steffen Jaksztat Dr. Nancy Kracke Dr. Sebastian Lang Dr. Kai Mühleck Dr. Jessica Ordemann

External Contact

Lea Goldan, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Stefanie Oelker, LCSS Leibniz Universität Hannover