Welcome to my webpage.
I am an associate professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School, where I am also the Academic Program Director of the MS in Health Care Management. I received my PhD in Economics at the University of Chicago, and I hold a BA in Economic and Social Disciplines (DES) from Bocconi University. I am also Associate Faculty in the Armstrong Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
My research focuses on incentives, pro-social behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health and labor economics.
I recently co-edited (with Joan Costa-Font) a book on Social Economics
, Published by MIT Press.
NIH (Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research) grant for "Behavioral nudges, information and incentives for HIV testing: A field experiment in Ecuador", $250,000 (with Michelle Grunauer, Ricardo Izurieta, Phillip Phan, Miguel Reina Ortiz, Enrique Teran)
Research in Progress
Altruism, Ethics and Markets: A Behavioral and Neuroscientific Experimental Study (with Vikram Chib, Jeffrey Kahn, and Nicola Lacetera)
Leveraging Patients’ Social Networks to Improve Tuberculosis Detection in India: A Field Experiment (with Jessica Goldberg and Pradeep Chintagunta)
Motivating Cord Blood Donation with Information and Behavioral Nudges (with Daniela Grieco and Nicola Lacetera)
Behavioral nudges, information and incentives for HIV testing: A field experiment in Ecuador (with Ricardo Izurieta, Michelle Grunauer, Phillip Phan, Miguel Reina Ortiz, Enrique Teran)
Do Female Executives Make a Difference? The Impact of Female Leadership on Firm Performance and Gender Gaps; NBER WP 22877; IZA DP 8602 (with Luca Flabbi, Andrea Moro and Fabiano Schivardi) Efficiency-Morality Tradeoffs in Repugnant Transactions: A Choice Experiment (with Julio Elias and Nicola Lacetera), NBER WP 22632
Management Consulting and Quality of Health Care: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria (with Felipe Dunsch, David Evans and Ezinne Eze-Ajoku)
Ask a Positive Question and Get a Positive Answer: Evidence on Acquiescence Bias from Health Care Centers in Nigeria (with Felipe Dunsch, David Evans and Qiao Wang)
Economic Diversification and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Micro Data (with Marco Ranzani)
"Ain't No Rest for the Wicked": Population, Crime and the 2013 US Government Shutdown (with Ricard Gil), IZA DP 8864.
Published and Forthcoming Papers
Economic Development and the Regulation of Morally Contentious Activities (with Julio Elias, Nicola Lacetera and Paola Salardi), forthcoming in the American Economic Review (Papers & Proceedings), May 2017.
Journal of Labor Economics, October 2016, Vol. 34 N. 4 (with Fabiano Schivardi)
Sociological Science, March 2016, DOI 10.15195/v3.a11 (with Angelo Mele and Nicola Lacetera)
American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), 2015, 105(5): 361–365 (with Julio Elias and Nicola Lacetera)
Management Science, 2014, 60(5), 1107-1129 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim)
Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 33, pp. 43-56. (with Nicola Lacetera and Sarah Stith)
Science, 2013, 340(6135), pp. 927-928 (with Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim)
Social Science and Medicine, 2013, 98, pp. 214-223 (with Victor Iajya, Nicola Lacetera and Robert Slonim)
Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 2013, 29 (6): 1384-1420 (with Nicola Lacetera)
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) [Online Appendix] Media coverage/mentions: Financial
Times (1), Financial Times (2), Inside Higher ED, BusinessWeek, Slate.com, US News, Marginal Revolution (1), Marginal Revolution (2), Market Designer (Al Roth's Blog).
Johns Hopkins University
Carey Business School
100 International Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 234-9431
Fax: (410) 234-9439
Email: mmacis [at] jhu [dot] edu
- Panel on Blood and Organ Donation at AAEP meetings in Argentina (with Alvin Roth, Julio Elias and Victor Iajya)