BRendit: Returns to Tertiary Education and Income Risks

BRendit: Returns to Tertiary Education and Income Risks

The aim of the project „BRendit“ is an assessment of the average returns to tertiary education and the resulting income risks based on samples taken from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). This analysis should improve the understanding of the relationship between the educational system and labour markets. Furthermore, it is supposed to strengthen the empirical fundaments for decision-making in educational policy.

Research is organized in five moduls:

-    in modul 1 we plan to study the theoretical background of educational investments,
-    in modul 2 samples from the SOEP are conducted and analysed descriptively,
-    modul 3 is devoted to an assessment of the returns to tertiary education,
-    modul 4 examines the income risks associated with tertiary education,
-    and in modul 5 we intend to discuss the priorities in educational policy.

The research project is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The research grant is labelled as “01PW11001”. The project is part of the line of funding "The Economics of Science" in the BMBF area programme "University Research". logofundedbymbmbf

Project members

Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Stellvertretende Leitung

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Cooperation partner
Prof. Tom Krebs, Ph.D., Universität Mannheim, Mannheim, DE // Prof. Dr. Berthold U. Wigger, KIT, Karlsruhe, DE // Prof. Dr. Winfried Pohlmeier, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, DE

Selected Publications

Selected Events


1st KIT/ZEW-Workshop on the Economics of Science

First joint workshop of research teams from KIT and ZEW working on the BMBF framework programme "The Economics of Science".


Programme (as PDF, 228 KB)


Second KIT-ZEW Workshop on the Economics of Science

In our second KIT-ZEW Workshop on the Economic of Science doctoral students from both institutes will present their new studies funded by BMBF in the programme "Economics of science". The projects cover the…


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