Former Pittsburgher awarded Nobel prize in economics
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Nobel prizeJoshua Angrist made aliya in 1982

Former Pittsburgher awarded Nobel prize in economics

MIT economist grew up in Squirrel Hill

Joshua D. Angrist. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Angrist)
Joshua D. Angrist. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Angrist)

Joshua Angrist, 61, an Israeli-American economist who grew up in Pittsburgh, was awarded the 2021 Nobel prize in economics, together with David Card and Guido Imbens, for pioneering the use of “natural experiments” to “understand the causal effects of economic policy and other events,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

The prize was formally known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The winners share 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14 million).

Angrist was educated at the Wightman School, Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice before leaving for college at Oberlin. He attended the Hebrew Institute and grew up at Congregation Dor Hadash where he celebrated his bar mitzvah. His doctorate in economics is from Princeton University. He is the son of Stan and Sarah Angrist of Squirrel Hill and currently works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Angrist made aliyah in 1982, served in the Israeli Defense Forces, and spent 10 years on the faculty at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published widely on many subjects, including charter schools, transportation, labor economics and natural experiments. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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