Vanessa Mertins

Professor of Business Economics at University of Vechta

Vanessa Mertins became a Professor of Business Economics at the University of Vechta, Germany, in 2015. She received her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Giessen. Her research focuses on field experiments in labor markets and in the nonprofit and public sector. She is currently conducting research on the willingness to pay for civic involvement, on the relationship between charitable donations of time and money, and on the effects of voice, meaningful work, and mission-oriented jobs on workers’ performance, volunteers’ retention rate, and rates of recidivism among released prisoners. She also investigates bets as means to overcome bad habits, spill-over effects of labor market policies in the rental housing market, and gender discrimination in the social services sector.