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3rd international NEPS Conference focuses on the transmission of inequalities across generations


For the third time, the international NEPS conference provided an opportunity for scientists from different disciplines to present and discuss their research work based on NEPS data. On November 22-23, 2018, the LIfBi Research Data Centre organized a diverse program on the subject of "Intergenerational transmission of inequalities": The keynote lecture with the title „The Transmission of Inequality Across Multiple Generations: Testing Recent Theories with Evidence from Germany“ was held by Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun from Bayreuth University and IfW Kiel. Round table discussions, numerous paper presentations, and a poster session were also on the agenda. As in previous years, prizes were also awarded for the best publication and poster of the conference based on NEPS data.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun reported on the finding that academic and professional achievements across generations are more consistent than experts had previously assumed. 

In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun presented his findings that academic and professional achievements across generations are more consistent than experts had previously assumed. In contrast to previous approaches, Braun bases this statement on the observation of educational trajectories of up to four generations in Germany.

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The award for the best publication based on NEPS data was given to Prof. Dr. Steffen Hillmert, Tübingen University, Dr. Andreas Hartung, formerly Tübingen University, and Dr. Katarina Weßling, Maastricht University. They examined the phenomenon of the dissolution of the local labor market and its relevance for inequalities in the transition to vocational training („A Decomposition of Local Labour-Market Conditions and Their Relevance for Inequalities in Transitions to Vocational Training“). To achieve this, they developed an analysis model to enable a systematic differentiation between long-term changes, short-term fluctuations and structural regional differences in labor market conditions.

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The outstanding scientific quality and structural logic of the poster by Lisa Ehrtmann, LIfBi, Dr. Ilka Wolter, also LIfBi, and Prof. Dr. Bettina Hannover, FU Berlin, convinced the jury of representatives from various disciplines of the National Education Panel Study. The award-winning poster illustrated “The Interrelatedness of Gender-Stereotypical Interest Profiles and Students‘ Gender-Role Orientation, Gender and Reasoning Abilities“.

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