Jana Freundt

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My research interests lie in the field of behavioral economics and political economy. Using experiments and surveys, I investigate individuals' autonomy and freedom of choice, preferences for (procedural) fairness and how democratic institutions can affect individual behavior. I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where I work on the behavioral foundations of autonomy. I’m also a visiting scholar at the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program and a member of the Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As part of the research project "Freedoms, Inequality and Social Change" at UPenn, I work on designing survey measures for Americans’ perceptions of social inequalities and investigate how they relate to perceived personal freedom.

I obtained a B.A. in French Linguistics at the University of Hamburg with a thesis on "Focus in French cleft constructions: An analysis in terms of evolutionary game theory" supervised by Aria Adli. Later, I graduated in the M.Sc. Economics with a thesis "On the Determinants of Giving under Risk", supervised by Andreas Lange.  I did my PhD at the Department of Economics, University of Hamburg, where I also worked as a research associate at the Chair of Public Economics and was a member of the interdisciplinary graduate group “Normative Assessment and Modelling of Collective Decisions” of the Departments of Philosophy and Economics. During my PhD studies, I spent eight months as a visiting PhD student at the Department of Economics at the University of California in Berkeley (2016) and I visited the FAIR Centre in Bergen for two weeks in 2016 and one week in 2017. 




Freundt, Jana and Andreas Lange. 2017. On the Determinants of Giving under Risk. 2017. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 142, 24-31.

Working Papers

Corrupted Votes and Rule Compliance, together with Arno Apffelstaedt. UPenn Working Paper.

On the performance of green assets in financial markets - Evidence from a laboratory experiment, together with Andreas Lange, Andreas Nicklisch and Stefan Palan. (please contact me for a pdf)

Abstract: We investigate the financial performance of socially responsible investments in competition with conventional investments on financial markets. Setting up experimental asset markets for 'green', i.e. socially responsible, and non-green stocks and using a novel market design, we identify the impact of green investment opportunities on the development of prices and trading volumes. In particular, we test how speculation about future prices influences green market prices and to what extent subjects' behavior in the market is correlated with their generosity in individual donation decisions. We observe no price premium for the green assets. On the contrary, the introduction of green investment opportunities increases prices for the non-green assets compared to markets with only conventional firms.

Investments in Impure Public Goods. mimeo.

On the impact of risky private and public returns in the private provision of public goods - The case of social investments, together with Andreas Lange. CESifo WP no. 7458.

Work in Progress

Perceptions of Autonomy and Inequality, together with Cristina Bicchieri, Barbara Mellers and Ellen Peters. Pre-registration plan can be found here.

Picture taken by  FotoNHHS

Picture taken by FotoNHHS


Current Position

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chair of Industrial Economics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (since April 2019)

Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania (since 2019)

Member of BeLab, the Behvaioral Ethics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (since 2018)

Education and Past Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (2018-19)

PhD in Economics, University of Hamburg (2014-2018), supervisor: Andreas Lange.

Research Associate, Chair of Public Economics, University of Hamburg (2014-2017).

Visiting PhD Student, hosted by Shachar Kariv, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley (8 months in 2016).

Visiting PhD Student, hosted by Alexander Cappelen, FAIR centre, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen (2 weeks in 2016, 1 week in 2017).

Master of Science in Economics, University of Hamburg (2010-2013).

Bachelor of Arts in French Linguistics, University of Hamburg (2006-2009).


Since 2018: BITSS Catalyst (Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences)

Tutorials: Microeconomics (2015, B.Sc. Business Administration), Game Theory (2014, B.Sc. Economics), and Econometrics II (2012, B.Sc. Economics ) at the University of Hamburg

Courses: Introduction to Academic Research (2012, 2013, 2015, B.Sc. Economics, University of Hamburg)

Refereeing Activities

Journals: Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

Grant reviews: Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, National Science Center Poland

Have we met before?

Invited Presentations

Seminar in Applied Microeconomics, C-SEB, University of Cologne (Jan 2019)

Research Seminar, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Markets and Strategy (Nov 2017)

Behavioral Economics Seminar, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Aug 2017)

Student Workshop in Experimental/Behavioral Economics, Stanford University (Nov 2016)

Student Theory Seminar and Reading Group, University of California, Berkeley (Mai 2016)

Conference Presentations

2018: Cultural Transmission and Social Norms Workshop, MIT, Cambridge MA (poster)

2017: Behavioral Models of Politics Conference, Duke University, Durham (poster, discussant); International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences, Barcelona

2016: European Meeting of the Economic Science Association, Bergen

2015: Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute – Alumni Workshop (sponsored by Princeton University and New York University), Florence; European Meeting of the Economic Science Association, Heidelberg; Social and Biological Roots of Cooperation and Risk Taking Workshop, Kiel; 6th Meeting of the French Experimental Economics Association, Paris

2014: 16th Foundations of Utility and Risk Conference, Rotterdam; 5th Meeting of the French Experimental Economics Association, Besancon

Summer Schools

Spring School in Behavioral Economics, Rady School of Management, San Diego, and FAIR (NHH), Bergen (1 week in March 2016)

WESSI – Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute, New York University, Abu Dhabi (2.5 weeks in Jan 2014)