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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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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 2018

The Effect of Community Engagement on Healthcare Utilization and Health Insurance Enrolment in Ghana: Results from a Randomized Experiment

Duku, S. K. O., Nketiah-Amponsah, E., Fenenga, C., Arhinful, D., Janssens, W. & Pradhan, M. P. Feb 2018 017/V ed., Amsterdam: Tinbergen Institute, 33 p.(Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series; no. TI 2018-017/V)

Research output: ScientificWorking paper

Open Access

Cooperation in Polygynous Households

Barr, A., Dekker, M., Janssens, W., Kebede, B. & Kramer, B. N. Mar 2017 International Food Policy Research Institute, (IFPRI Discussion Paper; no. 01625)

Research output: ProfessionalWorking paper


Health Insurance, a Friend in Need?: Evidence from Financial and Health Diaries inKenya

Geng, X., Ide, V., Janssens, W., Kramer, B. N. & van der List, M. Jul 2017 International Food Policy Research Institute, (IFPRI Discussion Paper; no. 01664)

Research output: ProfessionalWorking paper


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: ProfessionalWorking paper