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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 an NWO-VENI grant (2010) to study the interaction between microinsurance and microcredit in Sub-Saharan Africa, an NWO-Wotro grant (2013) to study family planning and women’s empowerment in Mozambique, and a DFID-ESRC grant (2016) to study social norms and violence against women and girls in Pakistan.

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) sexual and reproductive health and rights, (ii) global health and health insurance, (iii) microfinance, credit, savings and (iv) intra-household decision-making, polygamy, and domestic violence.


VU Economics (BSc): Development Economics
VU Minor in Health Care and Health Management (BSc): Global Health Economics
VU Minor in Economics (BSc): Applications in Economic Policy: Policy analysis, formulation and evaluation
Tinbergen Institute (MPhil): Development Economics

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-20)

Education / Academic qualification

Medical Anthropology on Sexual and Reproductive Health / HIV , Amsterdam School for Social Science Research

Business Economics, Master, Maastricht University

Development Economics, PhD, Vrije Universiteit - Tinbergen Institute

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Research Output 2007 2017

Open Access

The Financial Burden of Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases in Rural Nigeria: Wealth and Gender Heterogeneity in Health Care Utilization and Health Expenditures

Janssens, W., Goedecke, J., de Bree, G. J., Aderibigbe, S. A., Akande, T. M. & Mesnard, A. 2016 In : PLoS One. 11, 11, p. e0166121 19 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

The social dilemma of microinsurance: Free-riding in a framed field experiment

Janssens, W. & Kramer, B. 2016 In : Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 131-part B, November, p. 47-61

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Be patient when measuring Hyperbolic Discounting: Stationarity, Time Consistency and Time Invariance in a Field Experiment

Janssens, W., Kramer, B. N. & Swart, L. 2015 Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 71 p.(TI Discussion Paper; no. 15-97/V)

Research output: ProfessionalWorking paper

Comparison of Perceived and Technical Healthcare Quality in Primary Health Facilities: Implications for a Sustainable National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana

Alhassan, R. K., Duku, S. O., Janssens, W., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Spieker, N., Van Ostenberg, P., Arhinful, D. K., Pradhan, M. P. & Rinke de Wit, T. F. 2015 In : PLoS One. 10, 10, p. e0140109 19 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle