GermanyAnn-Kathrin Blankenberg is a behavioral economist who holds a PhD in Economics (2015) as well as an M.A. (2011) and a B.A. in Economics (2009) from the University of Kassel. She also completed vocational training as an industrial clerk (2008). Before joining Bard College Berlin, she was a Research Associate (Post-Doc) at the “Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research”, University of Göttingen (2015-2021) and a Research Fellow at the “Economic Policy Research Group”, University of Kassel (2011-2015).
PhD in Economics
PhD in Economics
Her research interests are focused on ecological economics, pro-environmental behavior, identity economics, industrial dynamics/innovation, self-employment/entrepreneurship, and especially subjective well-being research. Recently, she has been most interested in the following areas of this field: (1) Implications of identity on human behavior (e.g. in the form of green identity or "artificial group identity"), (2) the extent to which occupational identity is conducive to worker well-being, and (3) the relationship between self-employment/entrepreneurship and well-being.
Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg received a grant in 2019 from the Ministry of Science and Culture (Lower Saxony) to research life satisfaction and identity in the skilled crafts and trades (“www.handwerksstolz.de”). Her research has appeared in internationally recognized journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Ecological Economics and Social Indicators Research.
More information about her research can be found here.
- Binder M., Blankenberg A.-K. (2021) Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being. In: Zimmermann K.F. (eds) Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-57365-6_191-1
- Welsch, H.; Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2021). Green behavior, green selfimage, and subjective well-being: Separating affective and cognitive relationships, Ecological Economics, 179.
- Binder, M.; Blankenberg, A.-K. & H. Welsch (2020). ProEnvironmental Norms, Green Lifestyles, and Subjective Well-Being: Panel Evidence from the UK, Social Indicators Research.
- Binder, M.; Blankenberg, A.-K. & J. Guardiola (2020). Does it have to be a sacrifice? Different notions of the good life, proenvironmental behavior and their heterogeneous impact on well-being", Ecological Economics, 167.
- Proeger, T. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2017). PAYWHAT-YOU-WANT IN GROUPS - EVIDENCE FROM A FIELD EXPERIMENT. Applied Economics Letters, 18.
- Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2017). Green lifestyles and subjective wellbeing: More about self-image than actual behavior? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 137: 304323.
- Blankenberg, A.-K. & G. Buenstorf (2016). Regional coevolution of firm population, innovation and public research? Evidence from the West German laser industry, Research Policy 45(4): 857868.
- Binder, M. & A.-K. Blankenberg (2016). Environmental worries, volunteering and subjective well-being: Antecedents and outcomes of environmental activism in Germany, Ecological Economics 124: 1-16.
Selected Media Coverage
- Universität Göttingen, Press release: Stimuli in the humanities and social sciences, (11.01.2019)
- Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur: “Future discourses”: 1.2 million Euros for the humanities and social sciences, (11.01.2019)
- Understanding Society (Report): Do green lifestyles improve life satisfaction?, “Insights 2018-19”, pp. 32-33)
- Understanding Society: Many people believe in ‘green’ values, but fewer put it into practice, (03.10.2017)
- The Atlantic: How vanity could save the planet, (20.06.2017)
- Personal webpage
- Google scholar
- ORCID Researcher ID: 0000-0001-7108-7252
- Web of Science Researcher ID: AAH-2768-2020
Prof. Dr. Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg