Guido Imbens


October 25, 2021

Guido Imbens (Geldrop, September 3, 1963 -) is a Dutch-American economist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2021 (shared with David Carddal and Joshua Angrist).

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Imbens was born in Geldrop, the Netherlands. In 1975 his family moved to Deurne, where he attended the Peellandcollege. He was an avid chess player as a child. In an interview in 2021, he linked his passion for econometrics to his childhood interest in play. He then earned an MSc degree in Economics and Econometrics in 1986 from the University of Hull (Kingston upon Hull, UK). He then earned a master’s degree in economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1989, and a doctorate in 1991. He taught at Harvard University (1990-97, 2006-12), and the University of California, Los Angeles (1997). -2001) and the University of Berkeley (2002-06). He specializes in econometrics, including specific methods for drawing causal conclusions. He became editor of the journal Econometrica in 2019 and will remain in that capacity until 2023. From 2021, he is Professor of Applied Econometrics and Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. From 2021, he is a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Professor of Economics at the Institute’s School of Arts and Sciences. Imbens is a fellow of the Econometric Society (2001) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009). In 2017, Imbenst was elected a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2020, he was elected a member of the American Statistical Association. He was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2020 and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.


Imbens has been married to economist Susan Athey since 2002. At his wedding, he witnessed Joshua Angrist, with whom he shared the Nobel Prize 19 years later. The couple has three children.


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