Mira Bierbaum

PhD fellow

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

Mira Bierbaum is a PhD fellow in Economics and Governance at UNU-MERIT (United Nations University & Maastricht University). Her doctoral research looks at the design of social assistance schemes from a behavioural point of view. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG)/United Nations University with a specialisation in Social Policy Design and Financing and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration from Konstanz University.

Mira Bierbaum has experience with poverty and vulnerability assessments and the assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of social protection systems using large household data sets. She has demonstrated these skills in various projects, including the development and testing of new methodologies to target non-contributory social transfers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the analysis of the effect of food price increases on household welfare in the Kyrgyz Republic. Recently, she has been involved in developing an indicator that measures the extent to which countries have completed a Social Protection Floor. Additionally, Mira Bierbaum has worked as a consultant for the World Bank on projects in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Russia and has taught advanced classes on quantitative methods in poverty analyses, the analysis of social protections systems, and impact evaluation.

Selected publications by Mira Bierbaum