Since early learning both in and outside of preschool is decisive for further individual development, all children must be reached.

Early learning is decisive for further individual development, both in and outside of pre-primary institutions. Preschools are an essential part of the educational system and the first stage of lifelong learning. They play a supportive or a compensatory role, depending on the context in which a child grows up.

In our projects, we take an economic perspective on the current and future need for preschool capacity and qualified personnel, as well as on new forms of (advanced) training for teachers and other professionals. In addition to the costs of quality improvement measures, we examine their effects on children and later childhood development. What personnel and qualification structures are necessary? What kind of organizational and personnel development? Furthermore, we consider the costs, the effects, and the benefits of early childhood learning, and we address how it is to be funded.


Dr. Dieter Dohmen
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Research focus:
Educational funding
Educational planning
Educational management
Educational marketing
Labour market economics
Education and structural development
Technological efficiency and innovation
Educational benchmarking
Access to education
Educational quality
Lifelong Learning
Gender budgeting
Tax transfer systems
Cost-effectiveness analysis
Cost-benefit analysis