CAMCES Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Surveys

The individual’s educational attainment is a core social background variable in standardized surveys. It is usually measured by the highest educational qualification the individual has obtained. However, increasing differentiation of educational systems and migration related to education and work complicate the measurement of educational attainment in surveys considerably. The aim of the project is to develop a tool for measuring educational qualifications that 1) accesses an international database of educational qualifications, 2) provides optimized questionnaire instruments and 3) allows computer-assisted surveys to use the instrument and database. This will significantly improve surveying process and data quality.

In cooperation with:

  • Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS)
  • Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam (AIAS)
  • German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW Berlin)
  • Infratest Munich (TNS)

Contractor: CentERdata (Tillburg); TBA21 (Frankfurt)

Project management: Dr. Silke Schneider

Contact: Dr. Silke Schneider (silke.schneider[at]

Duration: 01.06.2013 - 31.05.2016; extended until 31.05.2017

Funding: Leibniz Association

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