Changes in Inequality of Educational Opportunity

The Long-Term Development in Germany

  • Pia Nicoletta Blossfeld

About this book


Pia Nicoletta Blossfeld provides a long-term longitudinal analysis of the stepwise changes in transitions over the educational careers in East and West Germany using data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). She examines how far reforms aimed to increase the permeability in the German educational system have changed the movements of children, adolescents and young adults in Germany since the last four decades. Her book contributes to the literature of educational sociology by studying the associations between various resources of family background and respondent’s educational histories until final educational attainment. A novelty of her book is the analysis of the role of intercohort changes in social background composition on final educational attainment.


  • The Educational Systems in East and West Germany
  • Expansion of the Transition to Upper Secondary School and Its Consequences
  • Mobility Flows between Vocational and Academic Tracks
  • Intercohort Compositional Change of Social Origin

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, educational research, education, pedagogy, political science, and economics
  • Practitioners, administrators, and policy makers in the educational field

The Author

Dr. Pia N. Blossfeld is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leipzig, Germany. 


Educational inequality in Germany East and West German educational system National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) Openness of the German educational system Changes in the composition of social origin

Authors and affiliations

  • Pia Nicoletta Blossfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of SociologyLeipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-22521-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-22522-3
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