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  • Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt
  • German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE), Prof. Dr. Josef Schrader
  • German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Prof. Dr. Frank Goldhammer
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp
  • Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann
  • Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, Prof. Dr. Oliver Lüdtge
  • Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach
  • WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Prof. Dr. Heike Solga
  • Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Baumert
  • University of Bamberg (link), Prof. Dr. Claus H. Carstensen
  • Hoover Institution at the Stanford University, USA (link), Prof. Eric A. Hanushek
  • Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Harm Kuper


PIAAC 2012 provides up-to-date information on key adult skills in 24 countries. The data will be used to carry out further research on the acquisition and utilisation of skills. To achieve this goal, an interdisciplinary network of researchers that are experienced with research in PIAAC was built. This network will evaluate existing measures in PIAAC and compare them to other measures of skills and intelligence. In addition, alternative measures will be developed and subsequently tested using data from the German longitudinal PIAAC survey. Furthermore, the acquisition and utilisation of adult skills will be analysed in more detail by linking PIAAC to administrative data. In addition, the data and findings from this project will be disseminated to the scientific community through methodological workshops and a PIAAC research conference.

Theme Focus

Core objectives of the network are:

  • Analyzing competence acquisition and competence use; refining the PIAAC background questionnaire (Module 1 Research)
  • Distributing knowledge into the interdisciplinary research community (Module 2 Knowledge Transfer)
  • Promoting cooperation of researchers (Module 3 Networking)
  • Preparing for the next PIAAC cycle (2021/2022)


The International Conference on PIAAC and PIAAC-Longitudinal
April 5 – 6, 2017 in Mannheim, Germany

The interdisciplinary association of researchers working with PIAAC data aims at evaluating PIAAC measurements by locating them in the context of other measures of competence and basic cognitive skills and at testing new and alternative measures. New data are obtained using the German PIAAC longitudinal Study (PIAAC-L). Additionally, the acquisition and use of competencies is analyzed in more detail, e.g., by linking the data with administrative employment data. Furthermore, data and results will be distributed into the scientific community by a profound provision of data, by workshops on analyzing PIAAC data and by an international conference on PIAAC and PIAAC longitudinal. Knowledge transfer into politics and practice will be addressed by developing and evaluating different information formats.


Dr. D. Maehler (debora.maehler[at]

Funding Organizations

Leibniz Association

Partners in the Network