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Karen Macours

Karen Macours

Professeur associé à PSE

Directeur de recherche INRA

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

5e étage, bureau 06

Tél. 01 80 52 16 86

  • Agriculture et développement
  • Evaluation des politiques publiques dans les pays en développement
  • Capital humain et développement


Most recent

Measuring Skills in Developing Countries (with Rachid Laajaj), 2018. Journal of Human Reources, forthcoming.


Experimental Long-Term Effects of EarlyChildhood and School-Age Exposure to a Conditional Cash Transfer Program (with Teresa Molina Millan, John Maluccio and Luis Tejerina), 2019, Journal of Development Economics, forthcoming.


Challenges to Capture the Big Five Personality Traits in non-WEIRD populations” (with Rachid Laajaj, Daniel Alejandro Pinzon Hernandez, Omar Arias, Samuel Gosling, Jeff Potter, Marta Rubio-Codina, and Renos Vakis), 2019. Science Advances, 5(7): eaaw5226. 

   PRESS: NPR (National Public Radio), Discover Magazine, New ScientistORFN+1,

                 De Morgen, Medical Xpress, De Volkskrant, Spektrum, Parsing Science (podcast)


"Long Term Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfers: Review of the Evidence" (with Teresa Molina-Millan, Tania Barham, John Maluccio, Marco Stampini), 2019. World Bank Research Observer, 34: 119-159.


Farmers' Demand and the Traits and Diffusion of Agricultural Innovations in Developing Countries, 2019. Annual Review of Resource Economics, 11, 483-499.


How can Randomized Control Trials help improve the design of Common Agricultural Policy? (with Luc Behaghel and Julie Subervie), 2019. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 46(3): 473-493.


Working Papers 

Yield gap or field gap? Reconciling yield gains in agronomic trials and African smallholder conditions (with Rachid Laajaj, Cargele Masso, Moses Thuita, and Bernard Vanlauwe)


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


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


Attrition in Randomized Control Trials: Using tracking information to correct bias (with Teresa Molina Millan), 2019.


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



Selected publications

Sustaining Impacts When Transfers End: Women Leaders, Aspirations and Investment in Children (with Renos Vakis), 2019. in Barret, CB, MR Carter and JP Chavas, The economics of poverty traps, NBER.


Comment on “Estimating the Productivity Impacts of Technology Adoption in the Presence of Misclassification”, 2019. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.101(1), 17-18.


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 activities & 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


Co-editor Journal of Development Economics


BREAD Fellow


CEPR reseach affiliate


EUDN member