The research initiative is dedicated to the empirical analysis of educational and employment trajectories, which is based on the development of data sets from administrative and register data, which was started together with the University of Vienna. Due to its unique approach, IHS places itself at the forefront of research into educational trajectories.
In concrete terms, referenced educational patterns are examined in relation to the choice of school types and subject areas, the duration of training and the qualifications obtained, but also with regard to dropouts and the transition to the labor market. Sequence pattern analysis and qualitative biography research can be sed to analyze how gender-specific educational differences in educational careers are amplified or evened out and how different educational careers affect working life.
Specific research questions focus on the transition from upper secondary education to higher education and focus on the educational career from primary schools to tertiary education. The built-up data set also allows a number of other research questions to be analyzed and offers development options for future priorities.
The Austrian education system is characterized by many educational combinations and numerous different educational institutions. This results in a comparatively expensive, but internationally mediocre system, which has varying consequences for different groups of people. The educational focus analyzes the diverse multivariate educational trajectories, in particular the interfaces between educational levels and the employment system and the resulting social consequences.