Alberto Abadie

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Alberto Abadie


Alberto Abadie is Professor of Public Policy. His main research areas are econometrics, labor economics, and public finance. In his research, Alberto Abadie has developed econometric methods to evaluate the effects of public programs. In addition, as a native of the Basque region of Spain, Alberto Abadie has long been interested in issues concerning terrorism. Alberto Abadie's recent research uses data and economic models to analyze the causes and consequences of terrorism. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Abadie, Alberto, Alexis Diamond and Jens Hainmueller. "Synth: An R Package for Synthetic Control Methods in Comparative Case Studies." Journal of Statistical Software 42.13 (June 2011): 1-17.
    • Abadie, Alberto, Alexis Diamond, and Jens Hainmueller. "Synthetic Control Methods for Comparative Case Studies: Estimating the Effect of California‚Äôs Tobacco Control Program." Journal of the American Statistical Association 105.490 (June 2010): 493-505.
    • Abadie, Alberto, and Guido W. Imbens. "On the Failure of the Bootstrap for Matching Estimators." Econometrica 76.6 (November 2008): 1537-1557.
    • Abadie, Alberto, and Guido W. Imbens. "Large Sample Properties of Matching Estimators for Average Treatment Effects." Econometrica 74.1 (2006): 235-267.
    • Abadie, Alberto. "Semiparametric Difference-in-Differences Estimators." Review of Economic Studies 72.1 (2005): 1-19.
    • Abadie, Alberto. "Semiparametric Instrumental Variable Estimation of Treatment Response Models." Journal of Econometrics 113.2 (2003): 231-263.
    • Abadie, Alberto, and Javier Gardeazabal. "The Economic Costs of Conflict: A Case-Control Study for the Basque Country." American Economic Review 93.1 (2003): 113-132.
    • Abadie, Alberto, Joshua Angrist, and Guido W. Imbens. "Instrumental Variables Estimates of the Effect of Subsidized Training on the Quantiles of Trainee Earnings." Econometrica 70.1 (2002): 91-117.
    • Abadie, Alberto. "Bootstrap Tests for Distributional Treatment Effects in Instrumental Variable Models." Journal of the American Statistical Association 97 (2002): 284-292.
  • Commentary
    • Abadie, Alberto. ""Breeding Terror."." New York Post, December 22, 2004.

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