Instrumental variables (IV) is one of most important and widespread research designs in economics and statistics, as it can identify causal effects in the presence of unobserved confounding. Over the past 30 years the science of IV has advanced considerably, in part through the contributions of Nobel Laureates Joshua Angrist, Guido Imbens, and James Heckman. Recent years have brought significant advances in how IV is applied, in shift-share designs, with judge or examiner instruments, and in settings with rich or complex controls. In this webinar, selected econometricians will present their recent work on applied IV methods.


  • Kirill Borusyak, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Yale University, USA
  • Stephen C. Coussens, Columbia University, USA
  • Alexander Torgovitsky, University of Chicago, USA

Discussant: Peter Hull, Brown University, USA

The webinar is part of YoungStatS project of the Young Statisticians Europe initiative (FENStatS) supported by the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).