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Dr. Maja Adena

Portrait Dr. Maja Adena (Foto: Udo Borchert)
Research Fields
  • Donations, Non-Profit Organizations, Fundraising
  • Political Economy
  • Poverty and Deprivation
fon: +49 30 25491 427
fax: +49 30 25491 423
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:

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:

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.

Matching donations without crowding out? Some theoretical considerations a field, and a lab experiment (with Steffen Huck), 2016, WZB Working Paper SP II 2015–302r (revised).

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.



Partnerverlust und seine Folgen Wie Trauer die Gesundheit und das Wohlbefinden beeinträchtigt, WZB-Mitteilungen 152, 2016, pp. 25-27.

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

Alternative matching schemes, online fundraising.

2. Political Economy

Propaganda and the Nazis.

3. Poverty and Deprivation