Dr. Maja Adena
2020-present Vice Director of the research unit "Economics of Change", WZB Berlin Social Science Center
2013 Free University Berlin PhD in Economics
2012-2019 Research Fellow, research unit "Economics of Change", WZB Berlin Social Science Center
2012-2012 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
2006 Free University Berlin Diplom in Economics
Online fundraising, self-image, and the long-term impact of ask avoidance (with Steffen Huck), Management Science, 66(2), 2020, pp. 722–743.
Giving Once, Giving Twice: A Two-Period Field Experiment on Intertemporal Crowding in Charitable Giving (with Steffen Huck), Journal of Public Economics, 172 (April), 2019, pp. 127-134.
Quality certifications for nonprofits, charitable giving, and donor's trust: experimental evidence (with Jeyhun Alizade, Frauke Bohner, Julian Harke and Fabio Mesters), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 159, 2019, pp. 75-100.
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.
Testing consumer theory: Evidence from a natural field experiment (with Steffen Huck and Imran Rasul), Journal of the Economic Science Association, 3(2), 2017, pp. 89–108.
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 Enikolopov, Maria Petrova, Veronica 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.
Does online fundraising increase charitable giving? A nation-wide field experiment on Facebook (with Anselm Hager), 2020, WZB Working Paper SP II 2020–302, R&R at Management Science.
Charitable giving by the poor. A field experiment in Kyrgyzstan (with Rustamdjan Hakimov and Steffen Huck), 2020, WZB Working Paper SP II 2019–305r, R&R at Management Science.
Voluntary “donations” versus reward-oriented “contributions:” Two experiments on framing in funding mechanisms (with Steffen Huck), 2020, WZB Working Paper SP II 2016–308r, R&R at Experimental Economics.
Personalized fundraising: A field experiment on threshold matching of donations (with Steffen Huck), 2019, WZB Working Paper SP II 2019–306r, R&R at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
COVID-19 and pro-sociality: How do donors respond to local pandemic severity, increased salience, and media coverage?(with Julian Harke), R&R at Experimental Economics.
Can fundraising harm your core business? A field experiment on how fundraising affects ticket sales (with Steffen Huck), 2019, WZB Working Paper SP II 2019–304.
Tax-price Elasticity of Charitable Donations - Evidence from the German Taxpayer Panel, in: The Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy, Edited by Peter, Henry and Giedre Lideikyte-Huber, Routledge, 2021, forthcoming.
How can we improve tax incentives for charitable giving? Lessons from field experiments in fundraising, in: The Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy, Edited by Peter, Henry and Giedre Lideikyte-Huber, Routledge, 2021, forthcoming.
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.
Nudging und soziales Engagement: Wie kann Nudging dazu beitragen, die Spendenbereitschaft zu erhöhen?, Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, 2018 (2), pp. 139-152.
Auch das Spenden hat ein Geschlecht Frauen und Männer sind unterschiedlich großzügig (with Katharina Dorn), WZB-Mitteilungen 161, 2018, pp. 37-38.
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.
1. Donations, Non-Profit Organizations, Fundraising
2. Media Economics and Political Economy
Media reporting of natural disasters and its impact on disaster relief (with Julian Harke), funded by DFG.
3. Poverty and Deprivation