Garima Agarwal

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Labour Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Gender Education
  • Causal Inference


Garima holds a PhD and an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics as well as a BA Honours in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She spent a year at the University of Göttingen, Germany as a Stephan Klasen Postdoctoral Fellow in Development Economics.

Her research aims to understand and address barriers to human capital accumulation and economic participation for girls and women. Her doctoral dissertation considers the role of biological constraints such as puberty and menstruation in determining school participation for adolescent girls in India. 

She uses a variety of econometric techniques to analyse both primary and secondary data to answer questions that are policy relevant. Currently, she is interested in issues surrounding women’s labour force participation, including aspirations, well-being, and the school-to-work transition for young girls. 

She has taught several undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Statistical Methods, Econometrics, Data Analysis and Development Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. 



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Working Papers

  • Agarwal, G. Sanitary Napkin Distribution and Girls’ School Participation — Evidence from a Public Program in India.
  • Agarwal, G. Absenteeism, Menstruation and School-level Programs — Findings from a Primary Survey in Delhi.

Ongoing Work

  • Agarwal, G., & Kumar, H. Evaluating India’s Menstrual Hygiene Scheme.
  • Agarwal, G., Sarkar, D., & Somanathan, R. Identifying Menstrual Absence in Daily Individual Attendance Data.