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Voucher recipients and eligible employees of the program „Bildungsprämie“

Research Question

The data was collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the federal voucher program “Bildungsprämie” that reduces training costs for low- and medium-income workers. It covers individuals receiving a training voucher in 2010, employees potentially eligible for the program and employees potentially not eligible.

The survey covers the following aspects:
a) Use of the voucher, implementation of the program, returns to training,
b) previous participation in training,
c) employment and changes in employment,
d) occupation, tasks and responsibilities,
e) job satisfaction.

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Population / Sample

Group A: Employees who are potentially eligible for the program
Group B: Employees who are potentially not eligible for the program
Group C: Program users

Sample Size

Group A: 5.062 individuals with up to 2 interviews
Group B: 1.013 individuals with one interview
Group C: 5.119 individuals with up to 3 interviews

Survey Procedure and Instruments

Telephone Interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)

Link to the Detailed Description of the Study (in German)

In English (short version): Görlitz, K. & Tamm, M. (2016). Panel data on training activities – Voucher recipients and eligible employees of the program Bildungsprämie. Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, forthcoming.

Persistent Identifier

DOI: 10.7807/Bildung:10-12:V2

Data Accessible via Research Data Centre

Research Data Centre Ruhr at RWI (in German)

Information about the user conditions can be found here: (in German)



Selection of Publications using the Data

RWI, GIB & infas (2012). Datenmonitoring und Evaluation des Programms „Bildungsprämie“. Endbericht 2012. Forschungsprojekt im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). Essen: RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.

Görlitz, K. und Tamm, M. (2016). The returns to voucher-financed training on wages, employment and job tasks. Economics of Education Review, 52, 51-62.

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