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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
MSc and BSc thesis supervision

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Education/Academic qualification

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

Development Economics, PhD, Vrije Universiteit - Tinbergen Institute

Business Economics, Master, Maastricht University


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

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Research Output 2007 2018

Cooperation in Polygynous Households

Barr, A., Dekker, M., Janssens, W., Kebede, B. & Kramer, B., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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

Less now or more later? Essays on the measurement of time preferences in economic experiments

Swart, L., 2018, 204 p.

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

Open Access

Perceptions of healthcare quality in Ghana: Does health insurance status matter?

Duku, S. K. O., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Janssens, W. & Pradhan, M., 16 Jan 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., e0190911

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Health insurance
health insurance
Insurance Coverage
Quality of Health Care

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

Activities 2010 2017

  • 20 Lecture / Presentation
  • 5 Membership


domestic violence
family planning
training program

Women's empowerment, social norms and domestic violence

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

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic