Joshua  Angrist

Joshua Angrist

Formal First Name
Joshua (Joshua )
1960 - present

Joshua Angrist, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT, a Co-Founder and Director of MIT's Blueprint Labs, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the Co-Founder of Avela, an education technology startup that matches students to opportunities. Angrist is among the world's top economists in labor economics, urban economics, and the economics of education. He is a pioneer in the use of econometric ideas and tools to address some of today's most pressing policy questions. Throughout his career, he has developed innovative ways to harness the power of natural experiments to answer important economic questions, transforming empirical research. Angrist has also worked as a consultant to the U.S. and Israeli governments on labor market issues and data. He has co-authored two of the leading texts in applied econometrics and data science: Mostly Harmless Economics and Mastering Metrics.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Angrist and his collaborators develop and study innovative ways to harness the power of natural experiments to answer important economic questions.

  • He explores the economics of education and school reform and the determinants of school quality. 

  • He works on the impact of social programs on the labor market and the labor market effects of immigration, regulation, and economic institutions.

  • He also works on the relationship between military service and the civilian labor market, and econometric methodology. 


  • Angrist teaches courses on program and policy evaluation methods for government officials in a number of countries. 

  • He taught at Harvard and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before coming to MIT in 1996. 

  • He has served on many editorial boards and as a co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.


  • 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Fellow, Econometric Society