Dr. Karen Macours is an associate professor at the Paris School of Economics and researcher at French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Her research focuses on the micro-economic constraints to agricultural productivity and rural poverty reduction. Much of her current research involves the evaluation of programs addressing rural households’ productive and human capital investments and related measurement questions in Sub Sahara Africa and Latin America. She is an affiliate of CEPR and JPAL Europe. She received her MS in Agricultural Engineering from the K.U. Leuven and her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.