Centre for International Education (CIE)

Education and Social Outcomes for Young People: Promoting Success

Research has shown that the attainment of educational qualifications has important benefits for individuals beyond income and employment. Those with higher levels of education experience better physical and mental health, are more likely to participate in civic and community activities, and commit less crime than those with lower educational levels.

Although these findings have been extremely important for policy-making in relation to investment in education, a gap remains in empirical knowledge regarding the overall role of education in achieving these effects. Particularly, we are unsure about exactly how, and under what conditions, education is a determinant of outcomes such as improved health and/or greater levels of civic and social engagement.

Research Aims

  • To investigate the role of general and vocational education and training as determinants of social outcomes - particularly health and civil and social engagement - for individuals
  • To investigate the channels - or routes - for educational effects, both as achieved through general education and as attributable to vocational education and training
  • To investigate the role of institutional support and the possibility that these may complement the contribution of education to the achievement of social benefits. In particular, the links between (i) school and the labour market which can ease school-to-work transitions; (ii) national health services which can reduce the burden (physical, mental and financial) of accidents or ill health; and (iii) financial and social support which can deal with relative inequalities.

Data and Data Analysis

Research data will be analysed using descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis and structural equation modeling. The project will use data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP) and will follow the educational trajectories of young people during the 1990s and their social outcomes between 2005 and 2010.


The research project will run from March 2013 - 2015.

Project team

Principal Investigator: Professor Brian Hudson E: b.g.hudson@sussex.ac.uk
Dr Ricardo Sabates was PI until 30 June 2014
Co-investigators: Dr Roderick Bond E: r.bond@sussex.ac.uk
  Dr Angelika Kummerling E: angelika.kuemmerling@uni-due.de
  Dr Thomas Haipeter E: thomas.haipeter@uni-due.de
Researcher: Emma Salter E: e.j.salter@sussex.ac.uk
Project Coordinator: Julie Farlie E: j.farlie@sussex.ac.uk

Further details about the research project can be found on our German partner's website.