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Adam Ayaita

Portrait of Adam Ayaita
Chair of HRM and Personnel Economics


Building: 1050

Room: 635

Templergraben 64

52062 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 93358

Office Hours

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Short biography

Since 2019

Postdoctoral researcher 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
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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

Human resource management, labor and behavioral economics

Primary Labor market discrimination, stereotypes, and biased beliefs
Secondary Education economics
Minimum wages
Public sector employment


2022 European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference, Winterthur
Anniversary Meeting of the German Academic Association for Business
Research (VHB), Düsseldorf (online)
Lecture series #MensaGoesScience by Mensa in Deutschland e.V. (online)
2021 European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) Conference, Padua (online);
Colloquium on Economics of the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU), Trier (online);
European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Montreal (online)
2020 International NEPS Conference of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), Bamberg (online);
23rd Colloquium on Personnel Economics, London (conference cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic)

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

2016 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

Working Paper

Journal Articles
Source Author(s)
[Journal Article]
Job Placement via Private vs. Public Employment Agencies : Investigating Selection Effects and Job Match Quality in Germany
In: Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, 74 (January), 26, 2022
[DOI: 10.1007/s41471-021-00129-1]
Ayaita, Adam
Grund, Christian
Pütz, Lisa (Corresponding author)
[Journal Article]
Positional preferences and narcissism : evidence from 'money burning' dictator games
In: Applied economics letters, 29 (3), 267-271, 2020
[DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2020.1863320]
Ayaita, Adam (Corresponding author)
Pull, Kerstin
[Journal Article]
Who Chooses Teacher Education and Why? Evidence From Germany
In: Educational researcher : ER, 50 (7), 483-487, 2021
[DOI: 10.3102/0013189X211000758]
Savage, Corey (Corresponding author)
Ayaita, Adam
Hübner, Nicolas
Biewen, Martin
[Journal Article]
The Impact of Minimum Wages on Well-Being : Evidence from a Quasi-experiment in Germany
In: Journal of happiness studies, 21 (7), 2669-2692, 2019
[DOI: 10.1007/s10902-019-00189-5]
Gülal, Filiz (Corresponding author)
Ayaita, Adam
[Journal Article]
Risk aversion and the teaching profession : an analysis including different forms of risk aversion, different control groups, selection and socialization effects
In: Education economics, 28 (1), 4-25, 2019
[DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2019.1675592]
Ayaita, Adam (Corresponding author)
Stürmer, Kathleen