Svenja Friess

Svenja Friess

Visiting Fellow
Doctoral Candidate at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
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Svenja is a Doctoral Candidate at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship department of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Innovation and Competition, and at the Munich Graduate School of Economics. Her research interests are at the intersection of Behavioral and Organizational Economics focusing on gender-specific aspects of interpersonal knowledge sharing and (statistical) learning. In addition, she co-manages the MPI’s social sciences experimental laboratory. At LISH, Svenja works with Laura Rosendahl Huber and Jacqueline Ng Lane studying information sharing, peer interactions and learning dynamics among business professionals. Prior to her PhD studies, Svenja accumulated diverse work experience including in Financial Markets and Regulation at Deutsche Bank Research, at the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research’s (ZEW) Environmental and Resource Economics unit as well as in Corporate Strategy and Global Business Development at the automotive supplier Webasto. Svenja holds a MS in Economics from LMU Munich and a BS in Economics from Heidelberg University, while having received a merit-based scholarship from the Studienstiftung (German Academic Scholarship foundation) for her entire studies. For over a decade, Svenja has been an active member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). In this time, she served in multiple committees shaping the party’s policy surrounding labor market and equality topics. Moreover, she has also been involved in planning, coordinating, and executing several election campaigns. Outside of work, Svenja is an outdoor sports enthusiast who enjoys hiking, running and horseback riding.