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The National Educational Panel Study
The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) consists of an interdisciplinary excellence network of researchers from various disciplines headed by Prof. Blossfeld from the University of Bamberg. The Institute for Longitudinal Educational Research Bamberg (INBIL) is responsible for setting up and coordinating the project as well as collecting, archiving and disseminating the data. It will also offer training courses for NEPS users.The target activity of the NEPS is to collect longitudinal data on the development of competencies, educational processes, educational decisions, and returns to education in formal, nonformal, and informal contexts throughout the life span. As soon as possible, all NEPS data will be made available to the national and international scientific community in the form of a so-called anonymous Scientific Use File. This will provide a rich source of potential analyses for the various disciplines (like demographics, educational science, economics, psychology, sociology) concerned with educational and training processes, and it will provide the basis for major improvements in educational reporting and the provision of expert advice for policymakers in Germany.
Hans-Peter Blossfeld has published 18 books and over 130 articles on social inequality, youth, family, and educational sociology, labor market research, demography, social stratification and mobility, the modern methods of quantitative social research and statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis.
Blossfeld is editor-in-chief of the 'European Sociological Review', 'Zeitschrift fuer Familienforschung' as well as co-editor of the 'Zeitschrift fuer Erziehungswissenschaft'. He is on the editorial board of International Sociology and the scientific advisory board of the 'Koelner Zeitschrift fuer Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie' and the 'Zeitschrift fuer Soziologie'. He has directed several international comparative projects on demography, family, work and education, among them the Globalife project. Currently, he is interested in the flexibilization of work in modern societies, the division of domestic work in the family, and the development of individual competences and the formation of educational decisions in early school careers.