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Garima’s primary research interests are in the field of development, poverty reduction and wellbeing. She utilizes economic theory and conducts econometric analyses, to understand household and individual behavioral responses to development interventions and policies. Her dissertation covers three separate substantive areas: comparing the ability of food insecurity measures to capture vulnerability and resilience; impact of cash transfers on subjective well-being; and the crowding-out effect of private transfers due to government-run social support programs. As lead research assistant for impact evaluation of the government of Zimbabwe’s cash transfer program at the Carolina Population Center, Garima has experience in household survey design, fieldwork in Zimbabwe (supervision of data collection and data entry and technical support to field enumerators) and management of large data sets. She has extensive experience working in collaborative team settings with multiple organizations.

Garima has teaching experience both in the US and Australia. In Spring 2015, she independently taught Global Policy Issues (PLCY110) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her MPP from Georgetown University and earned her BA in economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, India.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Garima worked as an Associate at the Drug Access Team of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), working with generic anti-malarial manufacturers to ensure sustainable supply of affordable artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs). Prior to that, her background has been in the private consulting sector. She worked as an Analyst in the India office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and later as a Strategic Research Consultant at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington DC.