Karen Macours

Karen Macours

Membre associé

Directeur de recherche INRA

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

Bâtiment B, rez-de-chaussée, bureau B016

Tél. 01 43 13 63 69

  • Économie du développement
  • Économie de l’agriculture
  • Économie expérimentale
  • Migrations

Selected recent working papers and publications

“Changing Households’ Investment Behavior through Social Interactions with Local Leaders: Evidence from a randomized transfer program” (with Renos Vakis), Economic Journal, 2014, 124 (May), 607–633.


“Wealth Gradients in Early Childhood Cognitive Development in Five Latin American Countries” (with Norbert Schady Jere Behrman, Maria Caridad Araujo, Rodrigo Azuero, Raquel Bernal, David Bravo, Florencia Lopez-Boo, Daniela Marshall, Christina Paxson, and Renos Vakis). Journal of Human Resources, 2015, 50(2): 446-463.


“Boys’ Cognitive Skill Formation and Physical Growth: Long-term Experimental Evidence on Critical Ages for Early Childhood Interventions”, (with Tania Barham and John Maluccio), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2013, 103(3): 467–471.


“Ethnic Divisions, Contract Choice and Search Costs in the Guatemalan Land Rental Market”, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2014, 42(1): 1-18 (lead article).


“Transfers, Diversification and Household Risk Strategies: Experimental Evidence with Lessons for Climate Change Adaptation” (with Patrick Premand and Renos Vakis), 2012. CEPR Discussion Paper 8940


“Cash Transfers, Behavioral Changes, and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment” (with Norbert Schady and Renos Vakis), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012, 4(2): 247–273.



“Property Rights Imperfections, Asset Allocation and Welfare: Co-ownership in Bulgaria” (with Liesbet Vranken, Nivelin Noev, and Johan Swinnen), Journal of Comparative Economics, 2011, 39: 159–175.


 “Increasing Inequality and Civil Conflict in Nepal”, Oxford Economic Papers, 2011, 63(1): 1-26 (lead article).


 “Insecurity of Property Rights and Social Matching in the Tenancy Market” (with Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet), European Economic Review, 2010, 54(7): 880-899.