Dr. Jennifer Waidler

Affiliated Researcher

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development
2. Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development

Jennifer Waidler is a research analyst at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, where she evaluates cash transfers and cash plus programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a PhD in Economics and Governance from UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University and a Master’s in Public Policy with a specialisation in Social Policy Design from the same university. Jennifer has worked on a variety of migration and social protection related projects for several institutions including UNU-MERIT, The World Bank, The European Commission, and the Centre of Excellence in Food Security in South Africa. She has rich experience in designing, evaluating and analyzing large scale household surveys and her main areas of interest/ expertise include multidimensional poverty measurement, effects of migration and remittances, and impacts of cash transfer programs on outcomes such as food security, subjective well-being, and expenditure behaviour.




Selected publications by Jennifer Waidler


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Waidler, Jennifer & Stephen Devereux, 2019, Social grants, remittances, and food security: does the source of income matter?, Food Security, DOI: 10.1007/s12571-019-00918-x, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Jennifer Waidler, 2019, At Europe’s frontline: factors determining migrants decision making for onwards migration from Greece and Turkey, Migration and Development, More information
Vanore, Michaella, Melissa Siegel, Franziska Gassmann & Jennifer Waidler, 2018, Adult Child Migration and Elderly Multidimensional Well-Being: Comparative Analysis Between Moldova and Georgia, Research on Aging, 40(7): 599-622, DOI: 10.1177/0164027517723077, More information
Gassmann, Franziska, Melissa Siegel, Michaella Vanore & Jennifer Waidler, 2018, Unpacking the Relationship between Parental Migration and Child well-Being: Evidence from Moldova and Georgia, Child Indicators Research, 11(2): 423-440, DOI: 10.1007/s12187-017-9461-z, More information
Waidler, Jennifer, Michaella Vanore, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2018, Migration and the Multi-Dimensional Well-Being of Elderly Persons in Georgia, Journal of Population Ageing, 11(3): 217-238, DOI: 10.1007/s12062-017-9176-4, More information
Waidler, Jennifer, Michaella Vanore, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Does it matter where the children are? : the wellbeing of elderly people 'left behind' by migrant children in Moldova, Ageing and Society, 37(3), DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X15001385, More information
Waidler, Jennifer, Jessica Sabine Hagen-Zanker, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Do remittances and social assistance have different impacts on expenditure patterns of recipient households? : The Moldovan Case, Migration and Development, in press , DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2016.1159887, More information
Waidler, Jennifer, Michaella Vanore, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Does it matter where the children are? : The wellbeing of elderlypeople 'left behind' by migrant children in Moldova, Ageing and Society, 37(3): 607-632, DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X15001385, More information
Siegel, Melissa & Jennifer Waidler, 2012, Migration and multi-dimensional poverty in Moldovan communities, Eastern Journal of European Studies, 3(2): 105-119


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Waidler, Jennifer, 2016, On the fungibility of public and private transfers: A mental accounting approach, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-060
Waidler, Jennifer, Jessica Sabine Hagen-Zanker, Franziska Gassmann & Melissa Siegel, 2014, Do remittances and social assistance have different impacts on expenditure patterns of recipient households? The Moldovan case, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-072
Gassmann, Franziska, Melissa Siegel, Michaella Vanore & Jennifer Waidler, 2013, The impact of migration on children left behind in Moldova, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-043
Gassmann, Franziska, Melissa Siegel, Michaella Vanore & Jennifer Waidler, 2012, The impact of migration on elderly left behind in Moldova, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-082
Siegel, Melissa & Jennifer Waidler, 2012, Migration and multi-dimensional poverty in Moldovan communities, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-077


External working papers
Devereux, Stephen & Jennifer Waidler, 2017, Why does malnutrition persist in South Africa despite social grants?, Food Security SA Working Paper Series No.001. DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, South Africa, More information


Conference contributions
Gassmann, Franziska, Bruno Martorano & Jennifer Waidler, 2018, From Cradle to Grave? Poverty, Social Assistance, and Subjective Well-being in Kyrgyzstan, HDCA Conference 2018, Buenos Aires
Gassmann, Franziska & Jennifer Waidler, 2017, For Better or Worse: Aspirations and Expectations of Central Asia’s Youth, 3rd Annual LIK Conference, Bishkek, 12-13 October, 2017
Waidler, Jennifer & Stephen Devereux, 2017, Social grants, remittances, and food security: does the source of income matter?, APPAM international conference, Brussels, Belgium
Waidler, Jennifer, 2017, In pursuit of happiness: do social assistance and remittances improve subjective well-being?, Life in Kyrgyzstan conference, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Waidler, Jennifer & Stephen Devereux, 2016, Social transfers, remittances, and food security: does the source of income matter?, Social protection systems - tying the knots, Bonn, Germany
Waidler, Jennifer, 2015, On the fungibility of public and private transfers: a mental accounting approach, IAREP-SABE Joint Conference "Economics and Psychology together for a better life", Sibiu, Romania
Waidler, Jennifer, 2014, Does it matter where the children are? The wellbeing of elderly people ‘left behind’ by migrant children in Moldova, 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Madrid, Spain
Waidler, Jennifer, 2014, Do remittances and social assistance have different impacts on expenditure patterns of recipient households? The Moldovan Case, UNU-MERIT Innovation and Governance in Development, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Theses
Waidler, Jennifer, 2018, Social assistance and remittances and their role in the fight against poverty, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Waidler, Jennifer, 2017, Can social protection end poverty in all its forms everywhere?, More information


UNU-MERIT