Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education

Start of the project: 17-Feb-2017

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

Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit.

Grüttner, M., & Carstensen, J. (2018).
Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit. Sozialer Fortschritt (Sonderheft), 67(4), 227-325.

Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit.

Carstensen, J., & Grüttner, M. (2018).
Nicht-monetäre Bildungserträge und soziale Ungleichheit. Sozialer Fortschritt, 67(4), 229-248.
Presentations

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.

Head of Research cluster

Michael Grüttner
Michael Grüttner Head of Research cluster +49 511 450670-116

Members

Dr. Johann Carstensen Thorsten Euler Gregor Fabian Doğuş Güleryüz Dr. Kai Mühleck Stefanie Oelker Ulrike Schwabe

Press contact

Daniel Matthes
Daniel Matthes +49 511 450670-532
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