MIT economist Joshua Angrist shares Nobel Prize

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MIT professor Joshua Angrist awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. He shares the award with David Card of the University of California at Berkeley, and Guido Imbens of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joshua Angrist, an MIT labor economist whose work has delved deeply into issues of employment and education while helping to establish empirical rigor throughout economics, has been named winner of the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. He shares the award with David Card of the University of California at Berkeley and Guido Imbens of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Angrist was cited for his work establishing new methods of conducting "natural experiments" in economics — studies using datasets in which otherwise similar groups of people are separated by one crucial variable, allowing researchers to better understand cause and effect in complex social situations.

Natural experiments, the Nobel citation states, are "a rich source of…
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