Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Dr. Laura Zimmermann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs and the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia. Her research interests lie in economic development, comparative politics and political economy with a focus on South Asia. A large part of her work focuses on understanding the political and economic consequences of large government initiatives. She has studied how the world’s largest government anti-poverty program affects elections and the allocation decisions made by politicians, and whether the program affected rural households’ labor market outcomes. Her second strand of research analyzes how resources are distributed within the household and whether girls and women are systematically discriminated against in the process.
Dr. Zimmermann holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.