Department of Cultural and Social Sciences

Economic Competencies and Attitudes of Students in Baden-Württemberg (WIKO BW)

Final Report

Seeber, G.; Kaiser, T.; Oberrauch, L.; Eberle, M. (2022): Wirtschaft als eigenes Schulfach? Empirische Evidenz zur Facheinführung in Baden-Württemberg. Bielefeld: wbv Publikation. (


In line with the approach used in major competency studies, such as PISA, the WIKO BW project tests the economic competencies of students in Baden-Württemberg. In addition, attitudes toward economic issues are recorded and linked to the competencies. The study takes place at general education schools. The background to this is the introduction of the new subject of economics / career and study orientation in Baden-Württemberg for the 2017/18 school year. The project has two distinct phases:

  • Phase 1: Competence measurement in grades 9, 10 and 11 (2016)
  • Phase 2: Long-term survey in grades 7 to 10 (2017 to 2021)
  • Phase 3: Attitude measurement in grade 12 (2021 and 2022)

The project is sponsored by the Würth Foundation and supported by its Competence Center for Economic Education.

The project is managed by the RPTU in Landau, Department of Business Studies and Economics.

MTO Psychological Research and Consulting supports the implementation as a partner and evaluates the processes.

Method Center of the RPTU in Landau is supporting the project as an advisory organizational unit.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Baden-Württemberg, also supports the project in the implementation.

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