Prof. Dr. Benjamin Nagengast

Benjamin Nagengast is a Full Professor of Educational Psychology at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology. His research interests include:

  • Quantitative methods (randomized controlled field trials, causality, latent variable models, multi-level modeling)
  • Educational Effectiveness
  • Evaluation of interventions and educational situations
  • Motivation und academic self-concept


Benjamin Nagengast is one the most productive scientist in the subject of Educational Psychology worldwide. The analysis of Greenbaum et al. (2016) lists him as the twelfth most productive researcher in the field of Educational Psychology in the years 2009 to 2014.

Benjamin Nagengast is Vice Director of the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network which is funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative via the German Research Foundation. Within LEAD, he is head of the LEADing Research Center.

Selected Publications

  • Nagengast, B., Brisson, B.M., Hulleman, C.S., Gaspard, H., Häfner, I., & Trautwein, U. (2018). Learning more from educational interventions studies: Estimating complier average causal effects in a relevance intervention. Journal of Experimental Education, 86, 105-123. doi:10.1080/00220973.2017.1289359

  • Nagengast, B., & Trautwein, U. (2015). The prospects and limitations of latent variable models in educational psychology. In E.M. Anderman & L. Corno (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Psychology (3rd ed.) (p. 41-58). New York: Routledge.
  • Gaspard., H., Dicke, A.-L., Flunger, B., Brisson, B.M., Häfner, I., Nagengast, B., & Trautwein, U. (2015). Fostering adolescents' value beliefs for mathematics with a relevance intervention in the classroom. Developmental Psychology, 51, 1226-1240. doi:10.1037/dev0000028 Full Text
  • Gaspard, H., Dicke, A.-L., Flunger, B., Schreier, B., Häfner, I., Trautwein, U., & Nagengast, B. (2015). More value through greater differentiation: Gender differences in value beliefs about math. Journal of Educational Psychology, 107, 663-677. doi:10.1037/edu0000003 Full Text
  • Nagengast, B., Marsh, H.W., Chiorri, C., & Hau, K.-T. (2014). Character building or subversive consequences of employment during high school: Causal effects based on propensity score models for categorical treatments. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106, 584-603. doi:10.1037/a0035615
  • Nagengast, B., Trautwein, U., Kelava, A., & Lüdtke, O. (2013). Synergistic effects of expectancy and value. The case for a within-person perspective. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 428-460. doi:10.1080/00273171.2013.775060
  • Nagengast, B., & Marsh, H.W. (2012). Big fish in little ponds aspire more: Mediation and cross-cultural generalizability of school-average ability effects on self-concept and career aspirations in science. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 1033-1053. doi:10.1037/a0027697 Full Text
  • Nagengast, B., Marsh, H.W., Scalas, L.F., Xu, M., Hau, K.-T, & Trautwein, U. (2011). Who took the “x” out of expectancy-value theory? A psychological mystery, a substantive-methodological synergy, and a cross-national generalization. Psychological Science, 22, 1058-1066. doi:10.1177/0956797611415540
  • Marsh, H.W., Nagengast, B. , & Morin, A.J.S. (2013). Measurement invariance of Big-Five factor structure over the life span: Exploratory structural equation modelling tests of gender, age, plasticity, maturity and La Dolce Vita effects. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1194-1218. doi:10.1037/a0026913 Full Text


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