Economics serving society
Karen Macours

Karen Macours

PSE Chaired Professor

Research Director INRAE

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

5th floor, office 06

Phone +33(0)1 80 52 16 86

Research groups: Development
  • Agricultural Economics and development
  • Evaluation of public policies in developing countries
  • Human capital and development


I have conducted field research in Sub Sahara Africa, Latin America and Asia, working with a variety of stakeholders (national and regional governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilaterals agencies).


Some Selected Work-in-progress


Human Capital

Menstrual Stigma, Hygiene, and Human Capital: Experimental Evidence from Madagascar (with Julieta Vera and Duncan Webb)



Cost-effectiveness study of early childhood parenting programs in Cote d'Ivoire.



Long-term Impact evaluations of randomized early childhood interventions in Nicaragua


Early childhood text messaging program in Nicaragua: see results here




Two-sided Subsidies to Support Biofortified Crop Adoption in Guatemala (with Paola Mallia and Jessica Rudder). More information in AEA RCT registry.


Skills, heterogeneous quality of agricultural commercial inputs and learning through experimentation - Kenya (with Rachid Laajaj). More information here and here in the AEA RCT registry.

 Paper and online appendix.


Dissemination of new agricultural technologies in Africa: making extension work - Uganda (with Luc Behaghel, Jeremie Gignoux, Monica Karuhanga Beraho, Jane Kugonza, Judith Odiol, and Margaret Najjingo Mangheni). More information in AEA RCT registry. 


Adoption of improved seed varieties in DRC: experimental evidence on the role of supply constraints, targeting and intra-household decision making (with Tanguy Bernard, Sylvie Lambert, Margaux Vinez). More information here.


Long-term impacts of dissemination of biofortified crops in Uganda (with Julius Okello and Paola Mallia)




Social Protection 

Long-term impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in El SalvadorHonduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico


Long-term impacts of productive safety net program in Nicaragua. More information in AEA RCT registry. 


More information on these and some of my other projects