La science économique au service de la société
Karen Macours

Karen Macours

Professeure titulaire d'une chaire à PSE

Directrice de recherche INRAE

Campus Jourdan – 48 Boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

5e étage, bureau 06

Tél. 01 80 52 16 86

Groupes de recherche : Développement
  • Agriculture et développement
  • Evaluation des politiques publiques dans les pays en développement
  • Capital humain et développement


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



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.


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



Human Capital

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


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