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News | August 18, 2023

Ana Figueiredo receives Veni research grant

Research fellow Ana Figueiredo (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has been awarded Veni funding from the NWO (Dutch Research Council). Figueiredo’s Veni project tackles this issue by studying the role of temporary work as a self-insurance mechanism for workers with limited financial resources.

Ana Figueiredo receives Veni research grant
Self-insurance through Temporary Work

Understanding the job search behavior of the unemployed is important to design effective labor market policies. For example, wealthy workers can use their liquid savings to prolong job search, but this is not an option for low-wealth workers. Instead, these workers can search for easier-to-find jobs to smooth consumption. What type of jobs they pursue to shorten unemployment duration and protect themselves against the adverse consequences of job loss remains an open question. This research tackles this issue by studying the impact of wealth on the take-up of temporary work after job loss and its long-term implications for earnings.


As of September 1, 2023 Ana works as Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before that she was assistant professor in the Department of Economics of Erasmus School of Economics. She received her PhD in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain in 2018. Her research interests lie at the intersection of macroeconomics and labour economics, focusing on labour market dynamics and inequality. 


The NWO Veni research grant, with a maximum amount of 280,000 euros, is awarded to newly promoted researchers with an excellent research proposal. The grant offers researchers the opportunity to further develop their ideas over a period of three years and stimulates curiosity-driven and innovative research.  The NWO has awarded 188 researchers from all fields in this round.