The TREE Multi-Cohort Panel Study: Theoretical Framework

Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Krebs-Oesch, Dominique Fabienne; Sacchi, Stefan; Meyer, Thomas; Jann, Ben (2022). The TREE Multi-Cohort Panel Study: Theoretical Framework. Bern: TREE

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TREE (Transitions from Education to Employment) was conceived as a multi-disciplinary panel study that investigates educational and employment pathways of two cohorts of young people who left compulsory school after ninth grade in 2000 and 2016, respectively. The study’s main objective is to generate a high-quality scientific longitudinal database for research on school-to-work transitions and, from a long-term perspective, on life courses up to middle age.

At the inception of the study, we sought to lay the groundwork for an open theoretical framework that both connects with the research field’s various disciplines and allows for comparative analyses across cohorts. Furthermore, the initial framework had to be open for further development and adjustment of the survey programme — be it due to biographical and life-cycle developments, social changes between cohorts, or methodological or theoretical innovations in the respective fields of research.

The paper first presents the general context in which educational and employment pathways of adolescents and young adults unfold by outlining the most salient features of the Swiss education system and labour market. The paper then develops TREE’s theoretical framework both at a general level and with regard to its multi-disciplinary implementation in the design of the study’s survey instruments. The paper concludes by elaborating on how both the theoretical framework and its operationalisation in terms of the development of our survey instruments have evolved between cohorts.

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03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Hupka-Brunner, Sandra (A), Krebs-Oesch, Dominique Fabienne, Sacchi, Stefan (A), Meyer, Thomas (A), Jann, Ben


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL




Thomas Meyer

Date Deposited:

14 Nov 2022 10:47

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21 Jun 2023 15:25




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