Sebastian Lang

Dr. Sebastian Lang

Research Area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment
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Sebastian Lang works as researcher in research area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW). He is also employed in the DFG-funded project "Stigma consciousness of the unemployed and prejudices against them" at Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans' chair at the Institute for Sociology at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. He took a bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Socioeconomics from 2010 to 2013 and a master's (M.Sc.) from 2013 to 2016 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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Student Life Cycle Panel (SLC)
Research Cluster: Empirical Methods of Higher Education Research and Science Studies
Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education
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The effects of response burden – collecting life history data in a self-administered mixed-device survey.

Carstensen, J., Lang, S., & Cordua, F. (2022).
The effects of response burden – collecting life history data in a self-administered mixed-device survey. Journal of Official Statistics, 38(4), 1069-1095. https://doi.org/10.2478/jos-2022-0046
Abstract

Collecting life history data is highly demanding and therefore prone to error since respondentsmust retrieve and provide extensive complex information. Research has shown that responseburden is an important factor influencing data quality. We examine whether increases indifferent measures of response burden in a (mixed-device) online survey lead to adverseeffects on the data quality and whether these effects vary by the type of device used (mobileversus non-mobile).

A Life History Calendar in a CAWI? Evidence From Higher Education Research.

Lang, S., & Carstensen, J. (2022).
A Life History Calendar in a CAWI? Evidence From Higher Education Research. In G. Brandt & S. de Vogel (Hrsg.), Survey-Methoden in der Hochschulforschung (S. 121-152). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-36921-7_6
Abstract

Because retrospective collection of life history data requires respondents to retrieve and provide complex information, the process is highly demanding for respondents and prone to error. While a standard questionnaire does not align well with the structure of autobiographical memory, the use of a life history calendar (LHC) may facilitate cognitive processes and reduce response burden. It is unclear, however, whether LHCs yield favourable effects in self-administered mixed-device surveys. To clarify the effects of LHCs, we developed a survey on educational and occupational trajectories in a highly educated population. The survey included an experimental variation using a responsive LHC.

„Am Geld allein liegt es nicht“.

Buchholz, S., Peter, F., Lang, S., & Gwosć, C. (2022).
„Am Geld allein liegt es nicht“. Wissenschaftliche Impulse zur Reform des BAföG. (DZHW Brief 02|2022). Hannover: DZHW. https://doi.org/10.34878/2022.02.dzhw_brief

Stigmabewusstsein von und Vorurteile gegenüber Arbeitslosen.

Lang, S. (2022).
Stigmabewusstsein von und Vorurteile gegenüber Arbeitslosen. (Dissertation). Leibniz Universität Hannover. https://doi.org/10.15488/11824

Strengthening Causal Reasoning in Research on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility: New Methods for Answering Old Questions?

Lang, S., & Schwabe, U. (2021).
Strengthening Causal Reasoning in Research on Inequality, Poverty and Mobility: New Methods for Answering Old Questions?. The 2021 June Newsletter Issue 7 (2). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Prejudices against the unemployed - empirical evidence from Germany.

Gross, C., Gurr, T., Jungbauer-Gans, M., & Lang, S. (2020).
Prejudices against the unemployed - empirical evidence from Germany. Journal for Labour Market Research, 54(3), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12651-020-00268-8
Abstract

Prejudices against the unemployed pose an enormous threat to their self-confidence and can make it difficult for them to re-enter the labour market, resulting in further long-term unemployment. Given these high costs for the unemployed and for society as a whole, our knowledge of prejudices against the unemployed is surprisingly scarce. We focus on the question of what determines the strength of prejudice among employees. By applying social identity theory, we assume that people who are disadvantaged in the labour market in general, also hold stronger prejudices. In addition, we assume that social status mediates this association and that self-efficacy moderates it.

Einflussfaktoren auf das Stigmabewusstsein Arbeitsloser.

Lang, S., & Gross, C. (2019).
Einflussfaktoren auf das Stigmabewusstsein Arbeitsloser. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 48(4), 243-262. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfsoz-2019-0018

Zum Stigmabewusstsein Arbeitsloser: Eine Mixed-Methods-Analyse.

Gurr, T., & Lang, S. (2019).
Zum Stigmabewusstsein Arbeitsloser: Eine Mixed-Methods-Analyse. Soziale Welt, 69(3), S. 252-292. https://doi.org/10.5771/0038-6073-2018-3-252

Übergangschancen in ein Masterstudium von Bildungsinländern und Bildungsausländern im deutschen Hochschulsystem.

Jungbauer-Gans, M., & Lang, S. (2019).
Übergangschancen in ein Masterstudium von Bildungsinländern und Bildungsausländern im deutschen Hochschulsystem. In M. Lörz & H. Quast (Hrsg.), Bildungs- und Berufsverläufe mit Bachelor und Master. Determinanten, Herausforderungen und Konsequenzen (S. 157-189). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-22394-6_6

The Impact of Informal Care and Employment on the Mental Health of the Caregiver.

Eberl, A., Lang, S., & Seebaß, K. (2017).
The Impact of Informal Care and Employment on the Mental Health of the Caregiver. Sozialer Fortschritt, 66(1), 77-96. http://dx.doi.org/10.3790/sfo.66.1.77
Abstract

This study examines if informal caregiving has a negative effect on the mental health of the caregiver, taking into account additional burdens such as that of holding down a job. The analyses are based on the German Socio-Economic Panel(GSOEP). We estimate fixed-effects regressions of a measure of caregivers' mental health(SF-12) on hours of informal caregiving, taking into account the relationships between the caregiver and the person being cared for. Our results show that hours of caregiving have a negative effect on mental health. Being employed for a few working hours only has a positive effect on the health status even in combination with informal care duties. An interaction of these factors reveals a positive effect on mental health.

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Stratification in German Higher Education: Consequences of the German Initiative of Excellence and Rankings.

Lang, S., & Schwabe, U. (2022, Juni).
Stratification in German Higher Education: Consequences of the German Initiative of Excellence and Rankings. Vortrag im Rahmen der Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series, DZHW, Hannover, Deutschland.

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.

The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality.

Lang, S., Schwabe, U., & Berghoff, S. (2021, November).
The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality. Vortrag auf der Konferenz Analytical Sociology: Theory and Empirical Applications, Venice International University, San Servolo, Italy.

Methodische Beratung und Datenpublikation durch GESIS: Erfahrungsbericht.

Lang, S. (2021, Oktober).
Methodische Beratung und Datenpublikation durch GESIS: Erfahrungsbericht. Impulsvortrag auf dem Kolloquium 7. LUH-interner Erfahrungsaustausch zum Umgang mit Forschungsdaten zum Themenschwerpunkt "Externe Fachdienste und Initiativen", Forschungsdatenmanagement Leibniz Universität Hannover.

The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality.

Lang, S., Schwabe, U., & Berghoff, S. (2021, Oktober).
The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Causality in the Social Sciences III: Heterogeneous Causal Effects", GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim.

Methodological Innovations in Research on Spatial Mobility: Potentials and Pitfalls.

Netz, N., Vögtle, E. M., Lang, S., Euler, T., & Laska, O. (2021).
Workshop Methodological Innovations in Research on Spatial Mobility: Potentials and Pitfalls, DZHW, Hannover.

The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality.

Lang, S., Schwabe, U., & Berghoff, S. (2021, September).
The German Initiative of Excellence: Short- and Mid-Term Effects on Students’ Perceptions of Educational Quality. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 3rd Forum "Higher Education and the Labour Market (HELM)" with a special focus on "Dropping out of Higher Education: Reasons, Selectivity, and Labour Market Outcomes", Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Nürnberg.

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).

Graduates’ Early Labour Market Success in Germany: Does University’s Status of Excellence Make the Difference?

Lang, S., & Schwabe, U. (2021, März).
Graduates’ Early Labour Market Success in Germany: Does University’s Status of Excellence Make the Difference? Vortrag im Rahmen des Webinar „Learning & Work“, ROA, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Niederlande.

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.

Graduates‘ Early Labour Market Success in Germany: Does University’s Status of Excellence Make a Difference?

Schwabe, U., & Lang, S. (2020, November).
Graduates‘ Early Labour Market Success in Germany: Does University’s Status of Excellence Make a Difference? Vortrag auf dem Kolloquium CIDER Colloquium, DIPF, Frankfurt (Oder).

Erfahrungsaustausch - Ausrichtung einer Online-Konferenz mit WebEx.

Lang, S., & Schwabe, U. (2020, Oktober).
Erfahrungsaustausch - Ausrichtung einer Online-Konferenz mit WebEx. Vortrag im Rahmen "methods & coffee" des Forschungsclusters "Empirische Methoden der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung", DZHW, Hannover.

Causality in the Social Sciences II.

Lang, S., Schwabe, U., & Jungbauer-Gans, M. (2020, Oktober).
Causality in the Social Sciences II. Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Empirische Methoden der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung" und der "Akademie für Soziologie", DZHW, Hannover.

Stigma Consciousness of the Unemployed: A Matter of Neighborhood?

Lang, S. (2020, September).
Stigma Consciousness of the Unemployed: A Matter of Neighborhood? Vortrag vor dem Interdisziplinären Doktorandenseminar; Würzburg.