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Wendy Janssens (PhD Tinbergen Institute – Vrije Universiteit) is associate professor in development economics. She is affiliated as senior economist with the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), and research fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. Previously, she held visiting positions at the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London, and the World Bank Development Economics Research group in Washington, DC.

She has received numerous research grants, including a DFID-ESRC grant to study social norms and violence against women and girls in Pakistan, an NWO-Wotro grant to study family planning, hiv/aids and women’s empowerment in Mozambique, and an NWO-VENI grant to study the interaction between health insurance and microcredit in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is leading amongst others an interdiscplinary research programme on mobile technology and universal health coverage in Kenya.

She has extensive experience in designing and coordinating multi-disciplinary research programmes to provide rigorous and locally grounded policy advice to national and international organisations as well as governments (such as Oxfam Novib, PharmAccess Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank).


Behavioral, experimental and micro-econometric analyses of (i) access to health care and health insurance, (ii) global mental health, (iii) sexual and reproductive health (iv) intra-household decision-making, polygamy, and domestic violence.


VU Minor in Health Care and Health Management (BSc): Global Health Economics
VU Economics (BSc): Thesis supervision
VU Economics (MSc): Research project; Policy seminar; Thesis supervision
Tinbergen Institute (MPhil): Development Economics

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Education/Academic qualification

Development Economics, PhD, Vrije Universiteit - Tinbergen Institute

Business Economics, Master, Maastricht University

Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Medical Anthropology on Sexual and Reproductive Health / HIV , Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research


  • Global health economics
  • Mental health
  • Women's empowerment
  • Fertility
  • HIV/Aids
  • Sub-Sarahan Africa
  • Intra-household decision-making
  • Health insurance
  • Polygamy
  • Child marriage
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Nigeria
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Tanzania
  • India
  • SRHR
  • Domestic violence

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Research Output 2005 2019

Cooperation in polygynous households

Barr, A., Dekker, M., Janssens, W., Kebede, B. & Kramer, B., Apr 2019, In : American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. 11, 2, p. 266-283 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

The Power to Protect: Household Bargaining and Female Condom Use

Cassidy, R., Groot Bruinderink, M. L., Janssens, W. & Morsink, K., 2018, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, (CSAE Working Paper Series; no. WPS/2018-08).

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Health insurance, a friend in need? Impacts of formal insurance and crowding out of informal insurance

Geng, X., Janssens, W., Kramer, B. & van der List, M., Nov 2018, In : World Development. 111, p. 196-210 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
crowding out
health insurance
health expenditure

Be Patient When Measuring Hyperbolic Discounting: Stationarity, Time Consistency and Time Invariance in a Field Experiment

Janssens, W., Kramer, B. & Swart, L., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of Development Economics. 126, -, p. 77-90 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Liquid Milk: Cash Constraints and Day-to-Day Intertemporal Choice in Financial Diaries

Geng, X., Janssens, W. & Kramer, B. N., Jan 2017, International Food Policy Research Institute, (IFPRI Discussion Paper; no. 01602).

Research output: Working paperProfessional


Activities 2010 2019

  • 25 Lecture / Presentation
  • 5 Membership

The Power to Protect: Household Bargaining and Female Condom Use

W. Janssens (Speaker)
3 May 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Social norms and child marriage in Pakistan – Baseline findings

W. Janssens (Speaker)
4 Dec 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional


Universal Coverage
Organized Financing
Health Insurance
Research Personnel

Women's empowerment, social norms and domestic violence

W. Janssens (Recipient), P. Collier (Recipient), M. Groot Bruinderink (Recipient) & K. Morsink (Recipient), 1 Dec 2016


Press / Media