Mar 18 • 27M

Interview with Alberto Abadie, MIT professor of economics and econometrician

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Alberto Abadie is the creator of one of the most important innovation in causal inference of the last 20 years -- the synthetic control method. Published in 2003, Abadie's model identifies causal effects of broad social interventions when experimentation is practically impossible. He tells the story about how he became interested in terrorism, which was the impetus of the creation of the method in the first place (and which obviously cannot be randomized), as well as his thoughts about econometrics more generally. A brilliant and interesting man, expect him to one day win the Nobel Prize. Get ahead of that future wave by learning more about him now.