The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) is a study carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg. It is run by an interdisciplinary network led by Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz.
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 (such as 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 policy makers in Germany.