Joshua Angrist

Joshua Angrist is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate in the NBER’s pro­grams on Children, Education, and Labor Studies. A dual U.S. and Israeli cit­i­zen, he taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before com­ing to MIT. Angrist received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1982 and also spent time as an under­grad­u­ate study­ing at the London School of Economics and as a Masters stu­dent at Hebrew University. He com­pleted his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton in 1989. His first aca­d­e­mic job was as an Assistant Professor at Harvard from 1989-91.

Angrist has been a leader in the devel­op­ment of econo­met­ric meth­ods for the assess­ment of causal effects of edu­ca­tion poli­cies and a lead con­trib­u­tor to a wide range of stud­ies using these meth­ods.  Among other things, he has exam­ined the effects of computer-aided instruc­tion, class size, and char­ter schools.   He is the author (with Steve Pischke) of Mostly Harmless Economics: An Empiricist’s Companion (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Angrist is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 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.