The student performance studies PIRLS and PISA suggest that the equality of educational opportunity decreases strongly between primary and secondary schooling in Germany. This project analysed the determinants of the decrease in equality of educational opportunity and the role of school resources therein. The various stages in the educational career between primary and secondary education like the school type recommendation of teachers and the choice of school type by parents has been examined. The microeconometric results based on large scale student assessments indicate that a significant part of students hetereogeneity exists when they enter the primary school. Then inequality increases between primary and secondary schooling in Germany.

Selected Publications

Discussion and Working Papers

Ammermüller, Andreas and Jörn-Steffen Pischke (2006), Peer Effects in European Primary Schools: Evidence from PIRLS, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 06-027, Mannheim. Download


Fritz Thyssen Stiftung , Köln , DE

Project duration

01.04.2005 - 31.05.2007