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

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Al Raee, Mueid, Elvis Amoateng, Elvis Avenyo, Youssef Beshay, Mira Bierbaum, Charlotte Keijser & Rashmi Sinha, 2014, Millennium Development Goals: Tool or token of global social governance?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-024
Bierbaum, Mira & Franziska Gassmann, 2012, Chronic and transitory poverty in the Kyrgyz Republic: What can synthetic panels tell us?, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-064

External working papers
Bierbaum, Mira, Cäcilie Schildberg & Michael Cichon, 2017, Social Protection Floor Index 2017: Update and Country Studies, More information
Bierbaum, Mira, Annalena Oppel, Sander Tromp & Michael Cichon, 2016, Social Protection Floor Index: Monitoring national social protection policy implementation, Berlin, Germany: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Research reports
Bierbaum, Mira, 2016, Belemmerde Vrijheid? Ervaringen met de Participatiewet, Onderzoeksverslag t.b.v. Sociale Dienst Maastricht-Heuvelland

Conference contributions
Bierbaum, Mira, 2018, Professional judgements at work? A factorial survey experiment on activation workers' decision-making, International Conference on Welfare Conditionality, York University, United Kingdom, June 26-28
Bierbaum, Mira, 2018, Lost agency? Lived experiences of social assistance recipients in an activating welfare state, International Conference on Welfare Conditionality, York University, United Kingdom, June 26-28
Bierbaum, Mira, 2016, Monitoring national social protection policy implementation: Introduction of the new Social Protection Floor Index, International Conference on Social Protection and ASEM 2016: Achieving Social Security for All in Asia and Europe, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 5-6
Bierbaum, Mira, 2016, Individual experiences of living on social assistance: Activation, social structures, and agency, Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Annual Conference, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan, September 1-3
Bierbaum, Mira & Franziska Gassmann, 2016, Individual experiences of living on social assistance: Activation, capabilities and social exclusion, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) International Conference, London School of Economics, United Kingdom, June 13-14

Bierbaum, Mira & Franziska Gassmann, 2016, Belemmerde vrijheid? Ervaringen met de Participatiewet, Policy Brief No. 2, 2016, Dutch version, More information
Bierbaum, Mira & Franziska Gassmann, 2016, Limits of Freedom? Experiences with the Participation Act, Policy Brief No 2, 2016, English version, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Bierbaum, Mira & Michael Cichon, 2016, Civil Society Social Protection Floor Index: Five Q&As, UNU-MERIT Blog, More information