Garima Sharma

I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. I received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, and in 2024 I will join Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor of Economics. You can find my CV here.

My research focuses on development and labor economics. Specific topics I study include market power in developing countries, the causes and consequences of gender gaps in the labor market, and the role of social protection in improving the lives of the poor.


Long-Term Effects of the Targeting the Ultra Poor Program (with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo). American Economic Review: Insights, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2021, Pages 471-486.

Depression and Loneliness Among the Elderly in Low and Middle-Income Countries (with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Erin Grela, Madeline McKelway, Frank Schilbach, and Girija Vaidyanathan). Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 3, No.2, Spring 2023.

Effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cash Transfers on Older Persons Living Alone in India: A Randomized Trial (with Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Erin Grela, Madeline McKelway, Frank Schilbach, Miriam Sequeira, and Girija Vaidyanathan). Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2023.

Working Papers

Monopsony and Gender. [April 2023]

Collective Bargaining for Women: How Unions Can Create Female-Friendly Jobs (with Viola Corradini and Lorenzo Lagos). [May 2023]. Reject and Resubmit: The Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Collusion Among Employers in India. Abstract [February 2024]
[Draft available upon request]

Selected Work in Progress

The Effects of Mandated Maternity Leave on Young Women’s Labor Market Outcomes (with Lisa Ho, Shreya Tandon, Stephanie Hao, and Pulak Ghosh).

Other Research

Female Labor Force Participation (with Rachel Heath, Arielle Bernhardt, Girija Borker, Anne Fitzpatrick, Anthony Keats, Madeline McKelway, Andreas Menzel, and Teresa Molina). VoxDevLit, February 2024