Paula von Haaren


Room:  AWI 1.021, Bergheimer Str. 58

Tel:  +49 (0)6221 54-3855
Office hours:  by appointment

 Curriculum Vitae


Paula von Haaren is a PostDoc at the chair of development economics (Prof. Dr. Axel Dreher) at Heidelberg University. She currently works on the DFG research project “Cash Transfers, The State and Women Empowerment in South Asia” led by Prof. Dr. Frölich (Mannheim University and C4ED).

In 2022, she defended her thesis on the topic of  public service delivery in India, supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Klonner. Previously, she studied Economics at the University of Heidelberg and Development Economics at Göttingen University. During her studies, she worked for the Courant Research Center for Poverty, Inequality and Growth. Ms. von Haaren gathered practical experience in international and development cooperation during internships and research stays at the German Development Bank (KfW), the United Nations Research Institute for Justice and Crime (UNICRI), the International Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar and large-scale household level data collection for her research in Bihar, India.

In her research, she seeks to understand poverty, inequality and their connection to female empowerment, health and social capital. A further focus lies on the evaluation of welfare policies aiming to improve the lives of the poor, such as cash transfers and work programs, as well as anti-corruption policies.



von Haaren, Paula & Klonner, Stefan (2021). Lessons learned? Intended and unintended effects of India´s second-generation maternal cash transfer scheme. Health Economics download.

Previous version (working paper): von Haaren, Paula & Klonner, Stefan (2020). Maternal cash for better child health? The impacts of India's IGMSY/PMMVY maternity benefit scheme, Alfred-Weber Institute Discussion Papers, Heidelberg University, No. 689 - download
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