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Faculty & Research


Maria Guadalupe

Professor of Economics

The Mark Pathy’89D Chair in Organizational Economics and Productivity


Additional Information
Research Areas
  • Organisational Economics
  • Personnel Economics
  • Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation
  • Multinational Production and Innovation
Teaching Areas
  • Industrial Organisation (PhD)
  • Organisational Economics (PhD)
  • Mark Pathy'89D Chair in Organizational Economics and Productivity


Maria Guadalupe is a Professor of Economics at INSEAD. She holds the Mark Pathy’89D Chair in Organizational Economics and Productivity.

Maria is currently a member of the Economic Council of the French Prime Minister (CAE), and of the French Expert Group on minimum wages. She is also a Department Editor in Strategy at Management Science and a Fellow of the European Economic Association.

Maria currently teaches “Strategy, Structure and Incentives” as well as the “Agile Bootcamp” in the MBA, Executive MBA, Masters in Management as well as Executive Education. In the past she also taught “Strategy and Regional Competitiveness” and PhD courses on “Industrial Organisation” and “Organisational Economics”.

As an Organizational Economist her research explores different dimensions of organizational choices by firms and its impact on performance. Her work has shown
how globalisation and the competitive environment faced by firms shape their internal organisational formal practices such as pay levels, incentives, executive compensation, and hierarchical structures. She has also studied the effect of corporate governance arrangements on firm performance, and how multinationals select their foreign targets and the productivity consequences of the changes in firm boundaries.

Maria’s current research focuses on how norms and corporate culture (including gender norms and psychological safety) affect individual choices and organizational outcomes.

Maria’s work has been published in top economics, finance, and management journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Management Science, Journal of Labor and Economics, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her contributions to research including the Brattle Distinguished Paper prize awarded by the American Finance Association and the Jaime Fernandez de Araoz prize in Corporate Finance.

She is also research fellow at the Center for European Policy Research (CEPR), the IZA Institute of Labor Economics and CESIFO.

Maria obtained a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2012, she was an Associate Professor in the Economics and Finance department at the Columbia Business School where she held the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Chair in Leadership and Ethics. Maria has been a visiting scholar at MIT and Princeton.

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