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Dr. Adam Ayaita

Short biography

Since 2019

Postdoctoral researcher (Akademischer Rat) at the Chair of Human Resource Management and Personnel Economics at RWTH Aachen University

Research affiliate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network, University of Tübingen


2015 - 2018

Doctoral studies in management and economics at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network, University of Tübingen

Dr. rer. pol.

2013 - 2015

Studies of managerial economics at the University of Tübingen 

Master of Science

2010 - 2013

Dual studies of business informatics at the School of Economics and Law Berlin
Bachelor of Science

2009 - 2010

Studies of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA)

2007 - 2009

Studies of philosophy at the University of Tübingen and the University of Konstanz

2006 - 2007

Studium generale at the Leibniz Kolleg Tübingen

Research interests

Primary: Labor market discrimination, biased beliefs, and stereotypes
Secondary: Education economics, minimum wages, personality, public sector employment



  • 22nd Colloquium on Personnel Economics, Augsburg
  • 10th Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (theem), Kreuzlingen


  • Workshop on educational inequalities: psychological and sociological processes, Tübingen
  • 21st Colloquium on Personnel Economics, Munich


  • Research Seminar in Economics and Management (SEAM), Paderborn
  • TIBER Symposium on Psychology and Economics, Tilburg
  • Conference of the Society for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF), Heidelberg
  • 20th Colloquium on Personnel Economics, Zurich


  • Annual Meeting of the Committee on Education Economics (Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss) in the German Economic Association (VfS), Bamberg


  • 18th Colloquium on Personnel Economics, Vienna
  • Annual Conference of the Division on Higher Education Studies (Kommission Hochschulmanagement) in the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), Duisburg

Selected Publications

  • Adam Ayaita; Gülal, Filiz (2019): The Impact of Minimum Wages on Well-Being: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Germany. Journal of Happiness Studies. (Link)
  • Ayaita, Adam; Stürmer, Kathleen (2019): Risk Aversion and the Teaching Profession: An Analysis Including Different Forms of Risk Aversion, Different Control Groups, Selection and Socialization Effects. Education Economics. (Link)
  • Ayaita, Adam; Kerstin Pull; Uschi Backes-Gellner (2019): You get what you 'pay' for: Academic attention, career incentives and changes in publication portfolios of business and economics researchers. Journal of Business Economics 89 (3): 273–290. (Link)
  • Ayaita, Adam; Filiz Gülal; Philip Yang (2018): Where Does the Good Shepherd Go? Civic Virtue and Sorting into Public Sector Employment. German Economic Review. (Link)
  • [Complete list of publications]

Work in progress

  • Beyond statistical discrimination? The role of biased beliefs in labor market discrimination based on ethnic origin
  • Market wages below productivity and the employment effects of minimum wages (with Diethelm Klesczewski)
  • Determinants of studying to become a teacher in Germany (with Corey Savage, Nicolas Hübner, Martin Biewen, and Ulrich Trautwein)
  • Field of study and earnings: The role of abilities, personality, and socioeconomic background (with Marion Spengler and Ulrich Trautwein)
  • Does narcissism explain positional preferences? (with Kerstin Pull)

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