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New collaborative project investigates measures to ensure academic success

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a new joint project with a total of 703,000 euros, in which the University of Erfurt is also participating. It is investigating "Scalable Behavioural Economic Measures to Ensure Academic Success" and will run until January 2024. The project leader is Oliver Himmler, Professor of Economic Policy and Finance at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences.

"Our research project follows on from the predecessor project VStud and deals with behavioural economic approaches to ensure academic success and avoid dropouts," explains Professor Himmler. The focus is on two aspects: procrastination and (social) information. "In three sub-projects, we want to develop, implement and evaluate scalable measures using randomised control group approaches. The results should then make it possible to make recommendations regarding a sensible composition of peer groups, and regarding easily implementable information and feedback offers at universities and colleges." All interventions are low-cost and widely applicable, i.e. they are applicable, i.e. not conceptually tied to specific departments or types of higher education institutions.

The Technical University of Nuremberg, headed by Prof. Dr. Robert Jäckle, is involved in the project as a cooperation partner.

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