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

Projects

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

 

Agriculture

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.

 

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.

 

Agricultural Input Subsidies, Credit Constraints and Expectations of Future Transfers: Evidence from Haiti  (with Jérémie Gignoux, Dan Stein, and Kelsey Wright)

 

 

Human Capital

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

More information in AEA RCT registry. Info en francais:  Etude Coût-Efficacité de deux programmes de Développement de la Petite Enfance

News story on the study launch

 

Increasing schooling outcomes through reducing menstrual stigma in Madagascar: the role of young female leaders (with Julieta Vera and Duncan Webb)

 

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

 

Early childhood text messaging program in Nicaragua: see results here

 

 

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