To understand individual educational trajectories, it is important to consider the role of a person’s demographic and socio-economic background. Age, gender, and household size can all influence educational trajectories, as can factors including parents‘ education, income, and a household’s material conditions. These socio-demographic differences between individuals can lead to social inequalities throughout the lifecourse.
Therefore, the Project NEPS Sociodemography is responsible for the collection of demographic and socio-economic information (as defined by Bordieu, 1983), as well as other micro-system factors related to the family (see Bronfenbrenne & Morris, 2006). Other priorities of this project are to ensure the standardization of socio-demographic measures, while also enabling the international comparability of the measures.