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Dr. Maja Adena

Portrait Dr. Maja Adena (David Ausserhofer)
Research Fields
  • Economics of Philanthropy
  • Media Economics
  • Field and natural experiments
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mail: maja [dot] adena [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Research Fellow of the Research Unit

Free University Berlin
PhD in Economics

since 2012
Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin

Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Analysis  (CenEA), Szczecin (PL)

2006 2012
Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Free University Berlin 

2006 2012
Berlin Doctoral Program of Economics and Management Science

Free University Berlin
Diplom in Economics

Selected Publications

Journal articles:

Testing consumer theory: Evidence from a natural field experiment (with Steffen Huck and Imran Rasul), Journal of the Economic Science Association, 3(2), pp. 89–108.

Matching donations without crowding out? Some theoretical considerations a field, and a lab experiment (with Steffen Huck), Journal of Public Economics, 148 (April), 2017, pp.32-42.

Nonprofit Organizations, Free Media and Donor's Trust, Journal of Economics, 118 (3), 2016, pp. 239-263..

Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany (with Ruben EnikolopovMaria PetrovaVeronica Santarosa, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya),  The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(4), 2015, pp.1885-1939.

Charitable giving and nonbinding contribution-level suggestions
Evidence from a field experiment
(with Steffen Huck and Imran Rasul), Review of Behavioral Economics, Vol 1, Issue 3, 2014, pp 275-293.

Poverty and transitions in health in later life (with Michal Myck), Social Science & Medicine, Vol 116, September 2014, pp 202–210.


Working Papers:

Giving Once, Giving Twice: A Two-Period Field Experiment on Narrow Framing in Charitable Giving (with Steffen Huck), 2017, WZB Working Paper SP II 2017–305 (revise and resubmit at Journal of Public Economics).

Quality certifications for nonprofits, charitable giving, and donor's trust: experimental evidence (with Jeyhun Alizade, Frauke Bohner, Julian Harke and Fabio Mesters), 2017, WZB Working Paper SP II 2017–302. [Instructions] [companion paper: A short scale for measuring trust in a charity (with Fabio Mesters), manuscript available on request] (revise and resubmit at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization).

A field experiment on crowdfunding for a club good (with Steffen Huck), 2016, WZB Working Paper SP II 2016–308.

Online fundraising, self-deception, and the long-term impact of ask avoidance (with Steffen Huck), 2016, WZB Working Paper SP II 2016–306.

Tax-price Elasticity of Charitable Donations - Evidence from the German Taxpayer Panel, 2014, WZB Working Paper SP II 2014–302.

Sequential Donations to US Nonpro fit Organizations, available upon request


Book chapters:

Material deprivation items in SHARE Wave 5 data: a contribution to a better understanding of differences in material conditions in later life (with Michal Myck and Monika Oczkowska), in: Ageing in Europe - Supporting Policies for an Inclusive Society, Edited by Börsch-Supan, Axel, Kneip, Thorsten, and Howard Litwin, DE GRUYTER, 2015, pp. 25–38.

The role of poverty in determining transitions in key areas of quality of life (with Michal Myck), in: Active ageing and solidarity between generations in Europe, First results from SHARE after the economic crisis, Edited by Börsch-Supan, Axel, Brandt, Martina, Litwin, Howard, Weber, Guglielmo, DE GRUYTER, 2013, p.55-74.



Essays on Nonprofit Organizations, donations, and fund-raising, 2013, Dissertation, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.



Ein Stupser, um Gutes zu tun Wie Nudging die Spendenbereitschaft erhöht, WZB-Mitteilungen 158, 2017, pp. 26-28.

Partnerverlust und seine Folgen Wie Trauer die Gesundheit und das Wohlbefinden beeinträchtigt, WZB-Mitteilungen 152, 2016, pp. 25-27. English version: The Consequences of Loss How Grieving Affects People’s Health and Wellbeing, WZB Report 2017, pp. 60-62.

Ein messbarer Einfluss Verändert Medienkontrolle das Wählerverhalten? WZB-Mitteilungen 151, 2016, pp. 43-46.
Old-Age Poverty and Health–How Much Does Income Matter? (with Michal Myck), in: FREE Policy Brief Series, September 2013.

1. Donations, Non-Profit Organizations, Fundraising

Personalized suggestions for charitable gifts. A field experiment (with Steffen Huck)

Charitable giving by the poor. A large-scale field experiment in Kyrgyzstan (with Rustamdjan Hakimov and Steffen Huck)

2. Media Economics and Political Economy

Bombs, Broadcasts and Treason: Allied Intervention and Domestic Opposition to the Nazi Regime in Germany during World War II  (with Ruben EnikolopovMaria Petrova, and Hans-Joachim Voth)

3. Poverty and Deprivation

Widowhood and health (with Michal Myck and Monika Oczkowska)