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Wendy Janssens is 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 microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is leading amongst others an interdisciplinary research programme on mobile technology and universal health coverage for mothers and children 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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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

User created Keywords

  • 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

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

  • 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 paperProfessional


    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
  • 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



    • 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


  • 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

    De indirecte gevolgen van corona voor landen in Afrika

    Wendy Janssens


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment