Josh Angrist, Blueprint Labs Director, Receives 2021 Nobel Prize

“I’m ecstatic to see the Nobel committee recognize Josh’s path-breaking work on teasing out cause-and-effect. His foundational insights caused empirical social science to focus on questions of research design, a central pillar of our work at Blueprint Labs. All of us at the lab are eager to see where he goes next!” – Parag Pathak, Director, Blueprint Labs

MIT Blueprint Labs is thrilled to congratulate Director Josh Angrist on the 2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences!

Josh and Guido Imbens received the award for their “methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships,” alongside David Card for his work on labor economics.

Throughout his career, Josh has developed innovative ways to harness the power of natural experiments in economics. These new methods have allowed social scientists to discover the causal effects of policy changes — in education, healthcare, and more. Josh’s influential empirical research has led to new insights on topics ranging from the effect of financial aid to the true impact of highly selective schools.

A dedicated teacher, Josh has taught and mentored thousands of undergraduate and graduate students during his 25 years at MIT. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and two books on econometrics that are on the shelves of scholars worldwide. Read Josh’s full bio here.

Summary of Josh’s Research

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Nobel Week Events

Nobel symposium in Washington D.C., Recorded December 6, 2021

Nobel Prize ceremony in Washington D.C., Recorded December 6, 2021

Economics Nobel lectures, Recorded December 8, 2021; Josh’s working paper, adapted from his lecture

Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, Recorded December 10, 2021


Josh’s Impact

Don’t miss new stories from Sarah Cohodes and Peter Hull, two of Josh’s former students and now influential economists themselves, who write about Josh’s impact on economics. Check out their engaging, personal articles on how Josh has transformed the way students and academics approach econometrics, teaching, and understanding the world.