Mario Macis

Mario Macis, PhD

Academic AreaEconomics
Academic AreaHealth
Academic AreaManagement & Organization
Areas of InterestProsocial behavior, Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Morally Controversial Transactions, Global Health, Experimental Economics, Development Economics, Labor and Human Resources Economic

Mario Macis, PhD is a Professor of 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, and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA, Bonn).  Between 2016 and 2019, he served as Academic Program Director of Carey's MS in Health Care Management.

Prof. Macis is an applied economist and his work focuses on how economic incentives interact with psychological factors and social norms to drive individual behavior and policy-relevant outcomes. His research interests include pro-social behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. Prior to joining Carey, he was Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.  Prof. Macis has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the United Nations Development Programme.


  • PhD, Economics, University of Chicago
  • MA, Economics, University of Chicago
  • BA (laurea), Economics and Social Disciplines (DES), Bocconi University


Selected publications

  • "Paying for Kidneys? A Randomized Survey and Choice Experiment", American Economic Review, 2019, 109(8) (with Julio Elias and Nicola Lacetera).
  • "Do Female Executives Make a Difference? The Impact of Female Leadership on Firm Performance and Gender Gaps". The Economic Journal, 2019, 129(622) (with Luca Flabbi, Andrea Moro, and Fabiano Schivardi).
  • "Exports and Wages: Rent Sharing, Workforce Composition or Returns to Skills?", Journal of Labor Economics, 2016, 3(4) (with Fabiano Schivardi).
  • "Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment", Management Science, 2014, 60(5) (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 (with Nicola Lacetera and Sarah Stith).
  • "Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations", Science, 24 May 2013, Vol. 340 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim).
  • "Will There Be Blood? Incentives and Displacement Effects in Pro-Social Behavior", American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2012, 4(1) (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).

Working paper

  • "Incentivized Peer Referrals for Tuberculosis Screening: Evidence from India", National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper N. 25279 (with Jessica Goldberg and Pradeep Chintagunta). 
  • "Behavioral nudges, information and incentives for HIV testing: A field experiment in Ecuador" (with Michelle Grunauer, Ricardo Izurieta, Phillip Phan, Miguel Reina Ortiz, and Enrique Teran). Funding: NIH (Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research) 
  • "Management, Supervision, and Health Care: A Field Experiment", National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper N. 23749 (with Felipe Dunsch, David Evans and Ezinne Eze-Ajoku).



  • Business Microeconomics
  • Strategic Human Capital
  • Applied and Behavioral Economics in Health Care

Honors and distinctions

  • Editorial Board member, World Medical and Health Policy, 2019-present.
  • Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award, 2016.
  • Johns Hopkins University early-career Catalyst Award, 2015.
  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013.

Impact and engagement


  • Expert panelist at Congressional staff briefing on “The kidney shortage: short-term salves and long-term solutions,” Rayburn House Office Building, October 4, 2019.
  • Co-author of "Socio-economic impact assessment of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean". Report of the United Nations Development Programme, 2017.
  • Expert panelist at Congressional staff briefing on the legal, ethical and economic issues surrounding compensation for bone marrow, Russell Senate Office Building, November 15, 2016.

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