Joshua D. Angrist


Joshua Angrist

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Joshua D. Angrist
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021

Born: 18 September 1960, Columbus, OH, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA

Prize motivation: “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships”

Prize share: 1/4


Many of the big questions in the social sciences deal with cause and effect. Some of these questions are possible to answer using natural experiments, in which chance events or policy changes result in groups of people being treated differently. In 1994, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens showed what conclusions about causation can be drawn from natural experiments in which people cannot be either forced or forbidden to participate in the programme being studied.

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