Mario Macis, PhD

Associate Professor

Academic Discipline: Economics

Areas of Interest: Prosocial behavior, Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Morally Controversial Transactions, Global Health, Experimental Economics, Development Economics, Labor and Human Resources Economic

Phone: (410) 234-9431
Fax: (410) 234-9439



Mario Macis, PhD (Economics, University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor in the research track with expertise in the areas of prosocial behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. He is also Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Dr. Macis has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Honors & Distinctions

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) grant for “Behavioral nudges, information and incentives for HIV testing: A field experiment in Ecuador”, 2016-18.
  • Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award, 2016.
  • Johns Hopkins University early-career Catalyst Award, 2015.
  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for “Field Experiments on Incentives and Blood Donations”, 2009-12.

Selected Publications

  • Economic Development and the Regulation of Morally Contentious Activities, American Economic Review (Papers & Proceedings), May 2017 (with Julio Elias, Nicola Lacetera and Paola Salardi).
  • Exports and Wages: Rent Sharing, Workforce Composition or Returns to Skills? Journal of Labor Economics, October 2016 (with Fabiano Schivardi)
  • Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment, Management Science, 2014, 60(5), pp. 1107-1129 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim) 
  • Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations, Science, 24 May 2013, Vol. 340: 927-928 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim)
  • Removing Financial Barriers To Organ and Bone Marrow Donation: The Effect Of Leave And Tax Legislation In The US, Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 33, pp. 43-56. (with Nicola Lacetera and Sarah Stith)
  • Will There Be Blood? Incentives and Displacement Effects in Pro-Social Behavior, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2012, 4 (1): 186-223 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim)
  • Do Unemployment Benefits Promote or Hinder Job Reallocation?, Journal of Development Economics 2010, 93: 109-125 (with Tito Boeri)

Works In Progress

  • Leveraging Patients’ Social Networks to Improve Tuberculosis Detection in India: A Field Experiment (with Jessica Goldberg and Pradeep Chintagunta)
  • Altruism, Ethics and Markets: A Behavioral and Neuroscientific Experimental Study (with Vikram Chib, Jeffrey Kahn, and Nicola Lacetera)
  • Motivating Cord Blood Donation with Information and Behavioral Nudges  (with Daniela Grieco and Nicola Lacetera)
  • Management Consulting and Quality of Health Care: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria (with Felipe Dunsch, David Evans and Ezinne Eze-Ajoku)
  • Do Female Executives Make a Difference? The Impact of Female Leadership on Firm Performance and Gender Gaps (with Luca Flabbi, Andrea Moro and Fabiano Schivardi)