dr. Arjen de Wit, MSc


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Personal profile


As an Assistant Professor, Arjen de Wit studies volunteering, philanthropic giving, nonprofit revenues, welfare states, and student engagement. He teaches quantitative methods in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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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donation Social Sciences
crowding out Social Sciences
philanthropy Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
earning a doctorate Social Sciences
welfare state Social Sciences
expenditures Social Sciences
non-profit-organization Social Sciences

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Research Output 2012 2019

ABMLS Pilot Report 2018-2019: Methodology and preliminary findings

van Niekerk, R., de Wit, A., Mathoera, N. & Bekkers, R., 20 Sep 2019, Amsterdam: Vrije Univeriteit. 69 p.

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Open Access
study program

Beyond Service Production: Volunteering for Social Innovation

de Wit, A., Mensink, W., Einarsson, T. & Bekkers, R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48, 2S, p. 52S-71S 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
organizational structure

Volunteering and Wellbeing Among Ageing Adults: A Longitudinal Analysis

Russell, A. R., Nyame-Mensah, A., de Wit, A. & Handy, F., 15 Feb 2019, In : Voluntas. 30, 1, p. 115-128 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

new building
social support

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

Activities 2015 2016

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

The Dynamics of Social Networks and Voluntary Participation

A. de Wit (Speaker)
5 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

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

A. de Wit (Speaker)
10 Nov 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Philanthropy in the Netherlands

A. de Wit (Speaker)
20 May 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Filantropie in Nederland

A. de Wit (Speaker)
3 Apr 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


2nd place ECSR PhD Thesis Prize

Arjen de Wit (Recipient), 13 Sep 2019


social research

ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award

Arjen de Wit (Recipient), 2012


Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellowship

Arjen de Wit (Recipient), 2014


Shortlist FSS Dissertation Award

Arjen de Wit (Recipient), Jan 2019


Press / Media

Omroep MAX

Arjen de Wit


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Vandaag de Dag 10 november

Arjen de Wit


1 media contribution

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