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As a Postdoctoral Researcher Arjen de Wit collaborates on developing the A Broader Mind Longitudinal Survey, which aims to measure the personal, academic, professional and civic development of students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He publishes in academic and non-academic journals on volunteering, philanthropy and social innovation.

Arjen did his PhD at the Center for Philanthropic Studies on the effects of government subsidies on charitable giving to nonprofit organizations, which resulted in the dissertation "Philanthropy in the welfare state: Why charitable donations do not simply substitute government support" (January 2018). A summary of the dissertation (in Dutch) is available here.


Ancillary activities

As a writer, Arjen performs at festivals and fairs with unique stories on request. See www.arjendewit.nl. Together with Margriet Krijtenburg he published the children's book 'The Father of Europe' (Paraiges 2018) in which a Syrian refugee girl travels in time to meet Robert Schuman, the founding father of the European Union.

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Research Output 2012 2018

Do government expenditures shift private philanthropic donations to particular fields of welfare? Evidence from cross-country data

de Wit, A., Neumayr, M., Handy, F. & Wiepking, P., 1 Feb 2018, In : European Sociological Review. 34, 1, p. 6-21 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

crowding out

Philanthropy in the welfare state: Why charitable donations do not simply substitute government support

de Wit, A., 2018, 216 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Beyond service production: volunteering for social innovation

de Wit, A., Mensink, W., Einarsson, T. & Bekkers, R. H. F. P., 1 Oct 2017, In : Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Deel B Doelen waaraan gegeven wordt

Schuyt, T. N. M., de Wit, A., Felix, S., Gouwenberg, B. M., de Gilder, T. C. & Bekkers, R. H. F. P., 23 Apr 2017, Geven in Nederland 2017: huishoudens, nalatenschappen, fondsen, bedrijven, goede doelenloterijen en vrijwilligers. Amsterdam: Lenthe, p. 203-261

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Government support and charitable donations: A meta-analysis of the crowding-out hypothesis

de Wit, A. & Bekkers, R. H. F. P., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 27, 2, p. 301-319

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
crowding out
public service

Activities 2015 2016

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

The Dynamics of Social Networks and Voluntary Participation

de Wit, A. (Speaker)
5 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Crowding-out in Context: When and How Does Government Support Affect Charitable Giving?

de Wit, A. (Speaker)
10 Nov 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Filantropie in Nederland

de Wit, A. (Speaker)
3 Apr 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Philanthropy in the Netherlands

de Wit, A. (Speaker)
20 May 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award

A. de Wit (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellowship

A. de Wit (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Press / Media

Vandaag de Dag 10 november

A. de Wit


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other