Sandra Muilwijk-Vriend - Healthcare & Social Security

Sandra Muilwijk-Vriend

Sandra Muilwijk-Vriend has a doctorate in Economics and conducts research in the field of labour market, social security, and health care.

In her research, she makes frequent use of quantitative research methods with (micro) data and applies this to numerous issues. Sandra has worked on the distribution model for the distribution of budgets for social security payments by municipalities. In addition, Sandra has researched topics such as the income mobility in the Netherlands, the labour participation of people over 55, the financial assistance period of status holders, and the effects of a number of tax schemes for entrepreneurs.

Sandra has much experience with econometric research methods such as regression analyses, panel data models, duration models, and matching techniques. She is also very knowledgeable on available micro data. In her research, Sandra also makes use of qualitative techniques. For instance, she has interviewed municipalities with regard to their policies on the provision of social security. 

In 2010, Sandra graduated cum laude as a Master in Economics (specializing in Economics and Social Policy) at the VU University Amsterdam. Subsequently she completed a two-year research master study in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute in 2012, also cum laude, specializing in empirical microeconomics. In February 2016, Sandra obtained her doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In her thesis she develops and analyses the quality of a new statistical profiling method for predicting long-term outcomes, such as the duration of unemployment, and thus for identifying for which individuals a relatively poor outcome can be expected when no public facilities or services are offered. In her thesis she also studies, in a field experiment within the Dutch market for long-term care, the causal effects of the frequency with which AWBZ applications are assessed (AWBZ is the Dutch Exceptional Medical Expenses Act) and the consequences of assessing these applications for the application behaviour of healthcare providers. For these studies she uses administrative data of the Dutch Care Assessment Agency (CIZ) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS). 


If you would like to know what Sandra could do for your organisation, please feel free to contact her directly at:
+31 (0)20 525 1668


18.05.2017Evalution fiscal entrepreneurship

In the Netherlands there are several fiscal policies with as their primary goal to stimulate entrepreneurship. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has commissioned SEO Amsterdam Economics to analyze the effectiveness and efficiency...more

02.02.2017Continuing to work longer with an occupational disability

Given the expected developments in health status, the employment rate of people aged 55 and over can and will increase further until the year 2030.more

04.10.2016Update of data for distribution model Participation Act 2017

In order to determine the provisional budgets for municipalities for 2017, the data used in the distribution model of the Participation Act should be updated.more

04.10.2016Distribution model income portion Participation Act 2017

The government distributes the money for social assistance benefits amongst municipalities. In this study, the distribution model is further developed based on register data regarding all Dutch citizens.more

17.11.2015Quick scan 3 - Evaluation sector plans

SEO and ecbo perform the monitoring and evaluation of the Regeling Cofinanciering Sectorplannen (scheme for co-financing of sector plans). This third quick scan assesses, amongst other things, the progress of the planned measures.more

Here you can find a complete overview of the publications of Sandra Muilwijk-Vriend.

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