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Benjamin Douglas Williams Faculty Member

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My research addresses identification and estimation problems in economic models. One broad area of focus of my research is measurement error, which occurs when the observed data differs from the objects of interest to the researchers. My research in this area includes factor models and item response models. These models have become an important tool for economists studying the economics of child development and human capital formation. Another area of interest to me is identification and estimation in panel data models. The econometric issues here are closely related to the measurement error problem. The theme that connects most of my theoretical work is determining in different contexts what can be learned about important economic relationships when the available data is limited in some way. I also have interests in applied econometrics, including research in urban and housing economics, development economics, and labor economics. My research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including Quantitative Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and Journal of Urban Economics, among others. I am also a Visiting Academic at Amazon where I have applied my expertise in causal inference and econometric models to important business problems in the Partner Support and Solutions organization.

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