Dr Friederike Lenel

Senior Scientist

Friederike Lenel is an applied development and behavioral economist. She studies how uncertainty affects economic decision making. At the working group "Adaptation in Agricultural Systems" at PIK, she is studying factors that influence farmers' decision making and their climate change adaptation behavior. She is responsible for the impact evaluation of small grant projects that aim to transform adaptation practices as part of the PACO project ("Implementing regional and national adaptation priorities in West and Central Africa") funded by the BMU.


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Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

After her PhD at the DIW Berlin and the Humboldt University, Friederike was as a post-doctoral researcher at the DFG funded research training group Globalization and Development at the University of Göttingen and a visiting scholar at the King Center on Global Development at Stanford University. Since 2022 she is a Dorothea-Schlözer fellow at the Chair of International Economic Policy at the University of Göttingen where she continues working part time.

Friederike is an applied economist working on the intersection of development and behavioral economics. In particular, she is interested in the role of uncertainty for information seeking and economic decision-making as well as the interplay of formal and informal institutions. Most of her research so far was based on network analysis as well as on experiments (field and lab-in-the field) she ran to better understand mechanisms that drive behavior and test tools that can support decision making.

Will M, Groenewald J, Lenel F , Frank K, Müller B (2023) Determinants of Household Vulnerability in Networks with Formal Insurance and Informal Risk-Sharing, Ecological Economics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2023.107921

Gehrke E, Lenel F , Schupp C (2023) COVID-19 crisis, economic hardships and schooling outcomes. Education, Finance and Policy. Volume 18, July 2023, doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/edfp_a_00378

Lenel F , Priebe J, Satriawan E, Syamsulhakim E (2022) Can mHealth campaigns improve CCT outcomes? Experimental evidence from sms-nudges in Indonesia, Journal of Health Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2022.102687

Gehrke E, Lenel F , Schupp C (2022) COVID-19 crisis in Cambodia: A dataset containing linked survey and administrative data of ninth-graders in rural areas. Data Brief 43: 108476, doi: doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2022.108476

Weisser C, Lenel F , Lu Y, Kis-Katos K, Kneib T (2021) Using solar panels for business purposes: Evidence based on high-frequency power usage data, Development Engineering, Volume 6, 100074, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.deveng.2021.100074

Will M, Backes A, Campenni M, Cronk L, Dressler G, Gornot C, Groeneveld J, Habtemariam LT, Kraehnert K, Kraus M, Lenel F , Osgood D, Taye M, Müller B (2021) Improving the design of climate insurance: combining empirical approaches and modelling. Climate and Development. 804-813, doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2021.2007837

Lenel F , Steiner S (2020) Formal insurance and solidarity, experimental evidence from Cambodia. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Volume 174, June 2020, Pages 212-234. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2020.02.002