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2019 Dr. Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Undergraduate Econometrics Instruction: Through Our Classes, Darkly

Dr. Joshua Angrist, PhD, will explore how the past half-century has seen economic research become increasingly empirical, while the nature of empirical economic research has also changed. Questions of research design and causality still take a back seat in the classroom, in spite of having risen to the top of the modern empirical agenda.

This lecture traces the divergent development of econometric teaching and empirical practice, arguing for a pedagogical paradigm shift.

Friday, March 8, 2019
3:30pm to 5pm
MacEwan Hall A/B

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Joshua Angrist is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT, a director of MIT's School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative,  and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. A dual U.S. and Israeli citizen, he taught at Harvard and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before coming to MIT in 1996. Angrist received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1982 and completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton in 1989. 

Angrist's research interests include the economics of education and school reform; social programs and the labor market; the effects of immigration, labor market regulation and institutions; and econometric methods for program and policy evaluation.  Angrist is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has served on many editorial boards and as a Co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Gallen (Switzerland) in 2007 and is the author (with Steve Pischke) of Mostly Harmless Economics: An Empiricist's Companion and Mastering 'Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect, both published by Princeton University Press. Angrist and Pischke hope to bring undergraduate econometrics instruction out of the Stones Age.

Curious about last year's lecture?

Dr. Robert Staiger, Dartmouth College, delivered the 2018 Dr. Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture in Economics, speaking on the the purpose and design of trade agreements in the era of Trump. Watch it now.

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