The political economy of education policy: Insights from a public opinion survey

To better understand the political economy of education policy and obstacles to reform, Ifo will conduct an annual public opinion survey in Germany. Exploiting controlled randomisation of information provision in the survey, the seven modules of the proposed research project will investigate importance questions of education policy. These include the effects of imperfect information on policy preferences, comparative aspects between Germany and the U.S., subgroup heterogeneity, perceived vs. actual situations, age and preferences, voter preferences and party positions, and teacher opinions. The project will create a lasting cross-disciplinary network with the Program of Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University to achieve thematic leadership on this important topic.

The results of the Ifo Education Barometer 2014 can be found on

In cooperation with:

  • Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich 
  • Program of Education Policy and Governance at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (PEPG)
  • Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) (Prof. Olaf Köller)
  • Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS) (Prof. Beatrice Rammstedt)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann

Contact: Philipp Lergetporer (lergetporer[at]

Duration: 2014-2017

Funding: Leibniz Association

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