Gissele Gajate Garrido

Gissele Gajate


Research Fellow

Gissele Gajate Garrido received her PhD in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on June 2010. She also holds a Masters in Economics from UCLA and graduated with honors from Universidad del Pacífico (Peru). She has worked for leading research centers (GRADE and IPA) and multiple government agencies in Peru. Her research interests are in development and health economics. Currently, her research focuses on the determinants and consequences of poor health in the developing world. She also investigates the mechanisms through which public interventions and environmental degradation impact child health and nutrition. She has most recently analyzed the impact of parental participation in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) on child and maternal health care practices in Ghana. In addition she is currently working on assessing the impact of conditional cash transfers on indigenous populations in Latin America. She has presented her work in several international conferences such as the Centre for the Study of African Economies conference, the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference and the Population Association of America Annual Meetings.


  • Graduate Division Award - UCLA (2007-2008) and (2010)
  • “Unión Vida” Excellence Award, (Peru) 2002
  • First place nationwide in the small research projects contest of the Economic and Social Research Consortium, (Peru) 2001
  • “Special Robert Maes Award” First place of academic achievement of the 2001 graduating class, Universidad del Pacífico, 2002
  • “Robert Maes Award” to Academic Achievement, Universidad del Pacífico, 2000
  • Jan Tinbergen Scholarship given by Nuffic, 2000

Selected Publications: Gajate Garrido, G. “The Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on the Incidence of Life Threatening Respiratory Illnesses: Evidence from Young Children in Peru” 2013. Journal of Development Studies 49(4): 500-515.Gajate Garrido, G. “The Impact of Adequate Prenatal Care on Urban Birth Outcomes: An Analysis in a Developing Country Context”– Forthcoming at Economic Development and Cultural Change.Gajate Garrido, G. “Excluding the poor: the impact of public expenditure on child malnutrition in Peru” Forthcoming at The World Bank Economic Review.Gajate Garrido, G. Book chapter in “Assessing the Differential Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Indigenous Peoples: Quantitative Case Studies of Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru” Forthcoming IFPRI-IDB book. Editors: Hoddinott, J; Quisumbing, A andGajate Garrido, G and Inurritegui, M. “The impact of feeding programs in the nutrition level of children: an approximation using the Propensity Score Matching methodology.” Economics and Society Magazine ESRC Nº 50, Lima, Nov. 2003 

Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish