Mario Macis, PhD

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

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 Affiliate Faculty at the JHU Berman Institute of Bioethics, Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at JHU 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 and distinctions

  • Editorial Board member, World Medical and Health Policy, 2019-
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) grant, 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

  • Paying for Kidneys? A Randomized Survey and Choice Experiment, American Economic Review, August 2019 (with Julio Elias and Nicola Lacetera).
  • 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).