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The research of the Chair of Educational Sociology concentrates on three different areas in which combined perspectives in quantitative life-course research are grounded: (university) education, earnings and mobility in the job market, and social inequality.

Our primary concern is to understand what meaning and importance national institutions as well as individual decision-making processes have for the structuring of unequal educational and occupational life courses. We are interested in investigating these questions of institutional conditions not only in Germany but also in European comparison.

We examine, for example, why young people from educationally underprivileged backgrounds are still disadvantaged when trying to enter university; why women who are better educated than men nevertheless have less opportunities in the job market; why the job market perspective of German university graduates is still relatively good in comparison to other European nations.