Paris School of Economics - École d'Économie de Paris

Economics serving society

Karen Macours

Karen Macours

PSE Professor


Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

5th floor, office 06

Phone +33(0)1 80 52 16 86

  • Agricultural Economics and development
  • Evaluation of public policies in developing countries
  • Human capital and development



Long-Term Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfers: Review of the Evidence (with Teresa Molina-Millan, Tania Barham, John Maluccio, Marco Stampini), forthcoming. World Bank Research Observer.

Previous version hereLong-term Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America: Review of the evidence IDB-WP-732


Working Papers

Experimental Long-term Effects of Early Childhood and School-age Exposure to a Conditional Cash Transfer Program (with Teresa Molina Millan, John Maluccio and Luis Tejerina), 2018.


Experimental Evidence of Exposure to a Conditional Cash Transfer During Early Teenage Years: Young Women’s Fertility and Labor Market Outcomes (with Tania Barham and John Maluccio), 2018. CEPR Discussion Paper 13165


Are Conditional Cash Transfers Fulfilling Their Promise? Schooling, Learning, and Earnings After 10 Years (with Tania Barham and John Maluccio), 2018. Updated version of CEPR Discussion Paper 11937


Measuring Skills in Developing Countries (with Rachid Laajaj), 2018. CEPR Discussion Paper 13271


Attrition in Randomized Control Trials: Using tracking information to correct bias (with Teresa Molina Millan), 2017.


Sustaining Impacts When Transfers End: Women Leaders, Aspirations and Investment in Children (with Renos Vakis), 2016. NBER Working Paper 22871. 


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


Six Years of Comunidades Solidarias Rurales: Impacts on School Entry of an Ongoing Conditional Cash Transfer Program in El Salvador (with Ana Sanchez Chico, John Maluccio and Marco Stampini), 2018. IADB Working Paper 908 


Selected publications

Comment on “Estimating the Productivity Impacts of Technology Adoption in the Presence of Misclassification”, 2018. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


Preschool and Parental Response in a Second Best World: Evidence from a School Construction Experiment (with Adrien Bouguen, Deon Filmer and Sophie Naudeau), Journal of Human Resources, 2018. 53(2): 474-512.


Women’s Political Reservation, Early Childhood Development and Learning in India (with Yuvraj Pathak), Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2017. 65(4): 741-766.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.



Other affiliations


Standing Panel on Impact Assesment of the CGIAR, Chair.


Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), Member of the Board of Directors and co-chair health sector


BREAD Fellow


CEPR reseach affiliate


EUDN member