authorsJoshua (Josh) Angrist is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Angrist received his B.A. from Oberlin College and completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton in 1989.  He taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard before coming to MIT in 1996. At MIT, Angrist teaches Labor Economics and Econometrics. His research interests include the economics of education, social experiments, and econometric methods for program and policy evaluation. Many of Angrist’s studies use data from other countries, but he does not especially like to travel and prefers to get data in the mail. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Econometric Society. Angrist is an enthusiastic mountain biker and  enjoys discussing thorny econometric problems while riding with friends on gnarly trails.

Jörn-Steffen (Steve) Pischke is a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE) and senior research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance. He studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany, the State University of New York in Binghamton, and Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. Pischke worked at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim before coming to MIT in 1993. Since 2000, he’s been at the LSE, where he teaches Labor Economics and Econometrics. He is also a co-editor of the Economic Journal. Pischke’s recent research focuses on education policy, including the returns to compulsory schooling, the impact of term length on student achievement, and classroom peer effects. In addition, Pischke is interested in various topics in labor economics and applied econometrics. When not at work, he typically spends time with his  two children. They are still young enough to prefer reading Tintin comics to Mostly Harmless Econometrics, since econometrics is simply too long a word.