Apr 25 • 58M

Interview with Peter Hull, econometrician at Brown University

On Maine, economics, econometrics, causal inference, regression, instrumental variables and more

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Mixtape: the Podcasts are interviews conducted between Scott Cunningham (Professor of Economics at Baylor University) and mostly economists, their collaborators, and people in adjacent fields.
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In this tenth episode of Mixtape: the Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite people, Peter Hull. Peter Hull is young econometrician at Brown University who writes about a variety of applied topics such as education, labor and criminal justice.  Most of his work manages to simultaneously reveal something new about a phenomena while also extending our methodological understanding of causal inference.  In this episode of Mixtape: the Podcast, Peter and I talk about growing up in Maine as a child spending time near the water and outdoors as well as in mathematics.  We talk about the unexpected journey he made into economics as a college student when he saw its potential to meaningfully inform public policy, as well as econometrics' ability to answer causal questions. We talk about his love of instrumental variables in particular, the potential outcomes model, causal inference and a new paper of his with Michal Kolesar and Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham on interpreting regressions with multiple treatment variables. Peter Hull will be teaching several workshops on instrumental variables over the next few months at Mixtape Sessions, including one that starts Wednesday April 27th.